Norway is a role model for sustainability by producing nearly all of their electrical needs from renewable energy sources. The country continues to build power plants for hydropower, geothermal power and wind. These plants span the country and are often located in remote landscapes where human beings only venture to enjoy the lush scenery.
The Øvre Forsland power station sits in one of these remote and lush environments and therefore was designed with its surroundings in mind. In order to not deter from the landscape, the architects, Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor, designed the station to, “…reflect the characteristics of the landscape.” The architects further explain, “The main inspiration for the design was the verticality and the irregularity of the spruce trees.”
To further the sustainable nature of the design, the architects sourced local wood, reducing the need to transport materials. Additionally, the project utilizes stone, slate and glass. The use of natural architectural materials enables the façade to blend more fluently within the landscape, to not detract, but complement the forested mountain range. The inviting façade entices travelers to visit the site and learn more about the benefits of hydropower.
Hydraulic electricity producer, Helgelands Kraft, commissioned several similar power stations that were designed with equal attention and regard for nature. It’s further stated that, “From the beginning the task for the architect was to find the best way to make their new power stations adapt to the site, and at the same time function as attractions and destinations.”
Notably, the interior lights, seen best at night, were inspired by the colorful gaseous particles that produce the Northern Lights.
Photography by ©Bjorn Leirvik
DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.