Hotel in Kirkenes by Rintala Eggertsson Architects
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Hotel in Kirkenes by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Hotel Kirkenes is a temporary hotel with single room in Kirkenes, a town of 6000 inhabitants in the northeast of Norway near Russia. This hotel is a part of The Barents Art Triennale 2005, was built in ten days with the help of three architecture students and was completed three minutes before the opening.

Exteriors 3 of Hotel Kirkenes in Norway by Sami Rintala

Interiors Windows of Hotel Kirkenes in Norway by Sami Rintala

Architects: Sami Rintala / Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Kirkenes, Barents Sea, Norway
Photographs: Jan Erik Svendsen, Morten Torgersund, Sami Rintala

Interiors Fireplace of Hotel Kirkenes in Norway by Sami Rintala

Interiors Stair of Hotel Kirkenes in Norway by Sami Rintala

From the architects:

I was invited to create a work of art in the centre of Kirkenäs. Having thought about it for a while I said I wished to create something useful instead. In my view the seamen, fishermen, hunters, hikers and fortune seekers flowing through the town need a place to rest for the night that would suit their economy that changes like the weather. I suggested building a hotel by the sea.

This created mixed feelings, because the time for construction was only ten days and the budget was fairly limited. I specified that this would be a very small hotel. All unnecessary luxury would also be eliminated: no satellite channels, minibar or brass doorknobs. The idea would simply be based on a warm shelter and a view out to the Barents Sea……

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