In the far northern reaches of Norway is a town with a new ferry terminal building that pushes the limits of daylighting. The new Jektvik Ferry Quay Area by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk is a prefabricated, modular structure with a twisted glazed façade. Though this building is small in stature, the applications for this type of design in Northern Scandinavian countries are limitless. The building's transparency, warmth, and simplicity of construction are welcome features during Norway's dark, cold winters.
This Jektvik Ferry Quay Area was constructed in phases off-site, and it’s able to adapt to the cold winter conditions of Norway. The building’s transparent panels are composed of colored and frosted fiberglass. This fiberglass skin is applied to a pine lath lattice like a wet cloth over a towel rod, and it’s anchored to the building’s aluminum structure. This building method allowed the architect to use glass and boat subcontractors to construct the building – trades which Norway has in abundance.
This building, affectionately called “the shrimp” is a great example of daylighting and natural ventilation. The walls have a chamber for ventilation for both the rooms themselves and the double wall structure. Energy efficiency was also very important for the building’s active systems, and thus LED lighting is used for interior illumination.