This Naturum is located on Flatruet, a plain near Mittadålen with beautiful panoramic views. This naturum will educate visitors about the surrounding landscape, as well as inform them about the rich Sami culture. Not only serves the area amazing views, throughout the year there is a great change of seeing reindeer on this location.
The main aim of the building is creating a frame for the visitors, through which they can enjoy the landscape without being distracted by the cold or non-natural elements. Chosen is to create a building that is simple of shape and is transformed by the wind. In this area the wind is usually coming from the east (during the summer from the northeast, in wintertime from the southeast). Therefore the building is shaped according this direction and placed on Flatruet with the entrance facing west.
The floorplan is based on an open space in which the exhibition is held and a closed box within this space. In this closed box the functions of the building are placed. The box contains public and private functions. Also the temporary exhibition is placed within the box on the ground floor, creating a ‘dark’ exhibition area. Within a small strip of the box, supporting functions are placed such as stairs and elevators leading to the second floor. On the second floor the lecture hall and the private staff areas are located. This function-box will be made out of concrete, while the rest of the building will be made out of wood. This to trigger the senses and to emphasize the difference of function.
With experiments I determined how people can get focused and curious using light in architecture, and I used this knowledge to create the floorplan. Because of that, only a slight piece of the bright panoramic window in the back of the building is visible while entering. This pulls the visitors in and makes them curious to the view. After that the visitor will take the other route back since this route is wider, while seeing the remaining pieces of the exhibition. The route of the visitor is also highlighted by a strip of light coming from the roof. This strip of light is placed next to the outside-facades, because on these walls the exhibition pieces will be placed. With the use of light, the visitors will be focused on these elements.
Floorplans, sections and elevations: