February 12, 2013
Project: Cathedral of the Northern Lights
Architect: schmidt/hammer/lassen Architects
Location: Alta, Norway
When the competition for a new cathedral in the Norwegian town of Alta was announced, the city council did not want just a new church; they also wanted an architectural landmark that would reaffirm the town’s role as a premier viewing place for the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. The spiraling shape of the recently opened cathedral suggests the undulation of the lights, while the titanium-clad façade reflects their dazzling glow during the long winter months north of the Arctic Circle. The cathedral can accomodate 350 people in the church room and also has administrative offices, classrooms, exhibition areas, and a parochial area. Read more about this project in the Architizer database.
Photos: Adam Mørk