Norwegian studio Rintala Eggertsson Architects just unveiled a series of beautiful wooden structures which resemble traditional fish-drying racks for this year’s SALT festival on the island of Sandhornøya, north of the Arctic Circle. The lattice structures, designed and built in collaboration with artist Joar Nango, will be used as venues for various activities throughout the event.
Rintala Eggertsson Architects‘ temporary installations were inspired by traditional structures used by arctic residents for drying fish in order to preserve them for the long northern winters. The lightweight racks are easy to dismantle and move from place to place, which makes them suitable for temporary installations.
The architects designed the largest of the structures, called Gildehallen, as a series of A-shaped frames connected by horizontal batons and braced with diagonal struts. It measures 25 meters (82 feet) long and 12 meters (39.3 feet) high and can accommodate a thousand people during music concerts and festivals. The architects plan to cover the structure with layers of fabric before the start of the event.
A smaller version of the structure will be used as a sauna, with four wood-burning stoves hearing the space. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch films and participate in debates and seminars and enjoy views of the ocean. In addition to the lattice structures, the architects designed sleeping quarters on stilts, inspired by traditional “njalla” huts.