Møllerodden Mek. – from industry to a new cultural node
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An investigation on how the existing industrial structures at Vibrandsøy could be prepared, transformed and facilitated in the best sustainable manner to serve the different needs for the increasing need for cultural programs in the region. Nation wide, and too in Haugesund, there is an increase in unoccupied industrial structures. We aim to test two different transformational strategies that could make use of these structures and make them fit for modern standards while at the same time convey the unique historic qualities they inhabit. Our diploma is an investigation of an alternative to the planned demolition of the steel hangar and a proposal of new use of the protected workshop hall, which will operate together as an extension of the innovative and cultural platforms in Haugesund, and thus generate new activity set in a uniquely scenic situation. The concept of keeping traces of former functions and structural properties have been key to our project development. This approach has allowed for the exhibit of historical traces of what were once an activator of the spaces and the island. The considerable spaces available has allowed the project to be more generous with both the organisation and volumetric and thus provides significantly more liberal qualities compared to what would realistically be considered in a new-built project both from an economical and ecological perspective.