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 Nyksund i Vesterålen

Nyksund i Vesterålen ( Nyksund in Vesterålen)
Address: Nyksund
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Construction System /
Post and beam construction; cogging joint method; woodwork; brick
Building Type: Fishing village; fishery; trading settlement
Keywords: post and beam construction, log construction, woodwork, brick, fishing village, quay, warehouse
Year of Construction: From the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century
Nyksund was one of the largest fishing villages in Vesterålen around the year 1900. This old fishing village is located roughly ten kilometres north of Myre in Vesterålen, in the northwest region of the Øksnes Municipality. Surrounding this area is a landscape apparently characterised by its location by the mouth of a fjord - the pristine crags, dotted with green areas and the lack of trees. All of these elements bear witness to an area exposed to the harsh elements. The buildings are situated on two islands, Nyksundøy and Ungsmaløy, which are connected with a mole (pier) measuring 65 metres in length. This fishing village is a typical example of a northern harbour with multiple owners.

This place primarily obtained its form towards the end of the 19th century. There was expansion and reconstruction carried out following fires in the 20th century. The dominating building elements are the rows of multi-storied wharf warehouses, which align the quay. In 1934 the wharf warehouses on the island Nyksundøy burned down. These were replaced with masonry buildings, where the seafront with the dormers was constructed of woodwork. The multi-storied wooden, quay construction was preserved.

Due to a lack of space in Nyksund, the residences had to be built upwards on the terrain, on the crags behind the quay- and the rows of wharf warehouses. The residences are constructed of wood, either using the cogging joint method or timber frames. There is significant variation between the types of residences. Here one finds both 19th century houses, which are one-and-a-half-storied with saddle roofs and have cross post windows, and more painstakingly made houses from 1910 to 1930, which are two-storied and have half-hipped mansard roofs.
Literature: Nyksundutredningen, Bodø 1978
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 18.05.2005
Author: T.A
Photographer: Jiri Havran

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