A new listed building for the venerable MS Finnmarken and a new historical museum appears as a landmark by the seafront in Stokmarknes in Nordland.
The assignment includes a shielding building for MS Finnmarken 1956, rebuilding of The triangular building, Trekantbygget, and an extension to this for the preserved section from the steamship, DS Finnmarken 1912. The solution to preserving the monument of Norwegian coastal history is a building of 3600 square meters that encloses the ship, mainly build in steel and glass. The shape of the building is inspired by the sloping shape of the ship's sides. The MS Finnmarken was the first ship with a sloping shape on the openings, which gave the impression of moving forward fast. The shape is inspired by this idea and the concept supports this both in volume and design. The construction is 105 meters long, 24 meters wide and 21 meters high, and weighs 550 tons.
The project has been a great engineering challenge, designed for heavy wind, up to 50 meters per second, large loads of snow and the breezy location right down by the sea. In heavy weather, the building moves up to 70 mm at the top. We have designed a flexible steel construction facing the existing buildings that stand on a waterproof construction at the bottom.
The construction consists of columns and lattice girders that span the boat. Due to the ship's location, there are no wind crossings or columns that disturb the view through the huge glass facade. The gable walls have a curved design with a complex geometry consisting of welded beams. To take up the wind load against the façade, a total of 700 wind junctions have been installed in the entire roof surface and gable walls.