Fish processing facility : Sørvær
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The Norwegian people have relied on the sea for thousands of years. Fishing was the historical foundation for settlement along the Northern coast, dating back to the Stone Age. Less than 40 years ago, the fish production facility was the center of existence for these villages. However since 1900, great structural changes have taken place, challenging the post-war architecture with a growing capitalized industry driven by improved efficiency. Through research of the coastal production history and interviews with local fish producers, a number of concerns were identified for the project, along with potential ideas for its development. In the process I studied the issues of today’s existing facilities in the municipalities Loppa and Hasvik, which were built in the late 70`s, and compared them with a highly efficient and brand new facility in Husøy / Senja. My proposal is a new facility in Sørvær, where fishing has long been the only occupation for its inhabitants. The project is an attempt to rethink the internal organization of the fish handling facility within a flexible structural framework. It will be designed as a one-off, but could serve as an example for other dense areas along the Norwegian coast, which mainly survive on fish production and where modernization is the only resort for survival in the future.