VALRYGG studio has been working on a museum building to host the exhibition “Lovund boat”. Together with a team of archaeologists, the museum founders wished to preserve the boat found in the depth of the sea close by Lovund. We created a museum were you will be able to visualize the boat in its natural environment within a structure which tells a story about the past and the present.
The shape takes its inspiration from the fish drying racks commonly found along the northern coast of Norway. This steel A-frame shape is lifting the building above sea level creating a monumental and welcoming impression to visitors exploring the picturesque islands of the Norwegian polar circle.
When Lovund found a 12 meter long and 4 meter large late middle age boat from the 15th century in the sand in Hamnholmen harbour in the late 70’s, the island knew that they had to find a new home for the boat.
In 2016 after many years of mediation, the boat was taken out of the sand and ready to find a new home. At only 600m south from where the wreck spent the last 600 years, the site for the new building was determined by the position of the actual cultural house asked to drive the new boat museum. The site happens to be a strategic location because of its closeness to the Lovund ferry terminal. In an area where the houses and buildings aren’t exceeding 1 floor, the new museum had to stay a small scale architecture as well as it can be seen from the ferry, working as light house when you land on the island of Lovund.
In direct connection to the sea, replacing an old wood fisherman house on stilts, in continuity with the cultural house, the new home receiving the boat has turn into a A frame steel building floating above the sea. Mimicking the traditional boat house installed around on the island, the museum for Lovund boat is shaped as a shelter and workshop facing the sea and displaying the boat in its heart. There, the visitors can discover the boat every angle while they can contemplate the view to the sea and featuring the boat soaring on the water like in its young days.