By Victoria King
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Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As shared with us their design for new hydraulic power stations in northern Norway. The main idea is that the power stations should adapt to the site. More images and architect description after the break.
The client, Helgelands Kraft As, is a large producer of hydraulic electricity in northern parts of Norway. In 2008 they started planning several new hydraulic power stations with high environmental ambitions. From the beginning their task for the architect was to find the best way to make their new power stations adapt to the site, and at the same time function as attraction sand destinations.
The Power Stations
Bjørnstokk and ØvreForsland are medium sized hydraulic power stations that produce about 30 GWh each, equal to the consumption of 1600 residences a year. The landscape around the site for Bjørnstokk power station contains large rocks that have been left by the glacier of the last ice age. The station appears as a new mysterious rock in this scenery.
And through the large opening she can look into the heart of the building where all the interior technical parts are exposed. The light design of the interior is inspired by the mystery of the Northern Light, and the colored lighting dramatizes the story of the production.
Architects: Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As
Location: Helgeland, Norway
Client: Helgelands Kraft As
Structural Engineer: Sweco
Light Design: Stokkan Lys / Stein Hamre arkitektkontor As
Total Area: 150 sqm
Photographs: Mir/Stein Hamre arkitektkontor As