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.
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……