The Arctic Circle Airport, Norway
The airport building was situated in the municipality of Rana in Nordland, Norway, just south of the Arctic Circle. The mountain site was well forested, with views to the Fiords to the west and a prime location. The midnight sun and the famous northern lights were seen.
The building design and distinctive roof form was taken the inspiration of a local landmark; the mountains of Træna, with its dramatic peaks as well as the local vernacular. The zig-zagged roof heightened in a tall peak, which placed the airport control tower.
A feasibility study for a new international airport was completed by Architects Narud Stokke Wiig of Norway and Haptic of London. It was located outside the Arctic Circle in Norway. The airport design was inspired by a nearby mountain range and the local vernacular architecture.
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