Norway-based architects Kollaboratoriet just completed an open-air stage and public space for viewing the adjacent Porsgrunn river. The timber pavilion is named Gjennomsikte (to see through) due to the structure's widely-spaced slats, which connect the structure with its environment. The five-meter tall timber pavilion offers a two-story viewing platform and a peaceful sitting area to watch the river flow from the city of Skien to neighboring Porsgrunn. In addition to offering locals a quiet place to sit and relax next to the river's public beach, the Gjennomsikte will also be used as a theater performance stage.
This project was built in connection with the walkabout project (Breddelangs), which is a local initiative organized to bring awareness to the Lahelle river area. The green park surrounding the pavilion has become quite a popular place for local families despite the fact that the lot was formerly labeled as a toxic, polluted space. The area has been transformed quite a bit recently in order to erase traces of its former industrial past: new real estate projects have been approved and a community arts center has opened recently. To further enhance the area along the riverbanks, local municipalities have plans to develop a large network of pedestrian and bicycle connections.
Via Arch Daily
Photos by Feileacán McCormick and Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal