The Floating Islandsby Vincent Callebaut
- Municipality of Hammerfest
- Hammerfest, Norway
Arctic Culture Centre and Hotel/Congress Centre The Islands are floating constructions built like the hulls of ships. They are the metaphor of large drops of water put on the surface of the sea and express a new poetic town planning, an invitation to travel and mobility. They receive a many functions related to the Arctic life. In the heart of the Arctic Culture Center the big and the auditoriums express its function of true agora. The additional functions like the Culture School, the Regional Music Group and the Regional Stage for Dance are organized concentrically around the auditoriums offering a maximal functionality. The concept explores technology, energical economy, low energy building, and urban areas which can become self sufficient regarding energy. The Field of Submarine propellers is a new landscape design of the depth of the submarine universe. This concept is able to communicate the objective of the pluridisciplinary energy sources available in the town of Hammerfest in the “Multi Energy Town”. With natural gas and compressed natural gas, it is a new technological advance of transformation of submarine water flows in electrical power by submarine propellers located in the bottom of the sea. This natural electrical power is reused in the supply of the 16 Floating Islands without carbonic gas emissions and is also used in the urban incubator. The Floating Islands is thus presented as a marine choregraphy of sensuous territories, a symbolic project for a communication without artifices. It is a generous project with strong identity ready to confirm the cultural and touristic role of the town of Hammerfest in the Barent’s Region as well as on a world level.