KLAKSVIK, FAROE ISLANDS
area: 27,000 m2 / 300,000 ft2
asap was a finalist in the competition to re-envision the centre of Klaksvík, a small fishing town in the North Atlantic’s Faroe Islands.
The proposal identified and addressed a number of observations: that the town centre was in fact a relatively underused void; that this space was a logical nexus for local as well as intra-island circulation; that circulation patterns would be both land- and sea-based; and that the extraordinarily short winter daylight hours presented both a need and an opportunity for a dramatic and bright indoor space.
The scheme manifested itself as a giant sloping platform that would vanish beneath the seas, and could provide both a small and intimate experience as well as accommodating crowds for summertime concerts. The platform would provide shelter from the often severe weather and wind for a multi-modal station accommodating bus, bicycle and ferry networks. Above this would be a sports centre that could capitalize on the transport hub to be shared throughout the Faroe Islands. A series of four voids in the platform would house larger outdoor sports such as basketball, tennis and beach volleyball. In the winter the voids could be enclosed with and inflated fabric structure, whose interior illumination would provide a respite from the lack of daylight.
Adam Sokol; Gregory Serweta, Li Ling