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Svalbard University Research Centre

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Jarmund Vigsnæs Architects
location Longyearbyen
function laboratorium, museum, university
contributed by Claes_Sorstedt

Svalbard is special not only because of its extreme northern location at 78º North. The cluster of barren islands in the Arctic Ocean has always been a bit of a grey area in terms of nationality, but has -since 1925- been acknowledged by some countries as part of Norway. The new and architecturally ambitious Norwegian expansion at Svalbard University should be seen against the background of Norway's need to consolidate its presence and its claim to the 200 km fishing zone - much to Russian annoyance. The Svalbard Research Centre is actually a 400% extension of an existing university building, creating an indoor campus between laboratories, workshops, offices, library and the Svalbard Museum. Like all Svalbardian buildings, the polygonal volume hovers above the ground on pillars so as not to disturb the permafrost-sealed soil on which its foundations rest. The copper-clad structure proved to be unexpectedly amenable to climatic and programmatic changes.

Incredible building, with the cobber surface as a contrast to the ice surrounding the university.
Aarhus, Denmark 05-Jun-12
The country is Norway, not Svalbard
Leuven, Belgium 16-Sep-07
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Svalbard University Research Centre
The University Centre
Project is public!
Completion 2005
Floor area/size 8500 m2
ArchitectJarmund Vigsnæs Architects
building physics consultantByggforsk v. Thomas Thiis
landscape designerGrindaker as
Client Norwegian Directorate of Public Works
Project ID 779
Latitude/Longitude 78°13'21N 15°39'08E
Contributed by Claes_Sorstedt
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