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 Finnsnes kirke

Finnsnes kirke ( Finnsnes Church)
Address: 9300 Finnsnes
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Architect: Nils Toft; A3 Arkitektkontor a/s
Client: Finnsnes menighet (Finnsnes parish)
Construction System /
Concrete; brick; timber
Building Type: Church; assembly house; offices; community centre
Year of Construction: 1979; 2006
Finnsnes Church is situated on an elevation in the centre of Finnsnes, right by Finnsnesvannet (Finnsnes Lake). The site is in a nice location in a park, with footpaths and benches and a view over the centre of town and the lake. The building is shaped in a modern style, with a slightly slanted gable roof and staggered walls constructed partly of concrete and partly of brick, but other sections are timber-clad. The result is a good mixture that gives life to the building.

Finnsnes Church is a typical church community centre, with space for the church itself, a parish hall, youth club premises, nursery, office and kitchen. The church area takes up the main volume of the building and has a roughly square platform where the axis of movement proceeds diagonally through the room, from corner to corner. Administrative functions are positioned in their own north-facing wing. This wing has a rectangular ground plan and a flat roof.

The architect Nils Toft was extremely active in Northern Norway during the 1970s and was behind several churches of a characteristic shape.
Literature: Hanssen, Arvid: Lenvik hovedkirke 100 år, Finnsnes 1979
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 18.12.2008
Author: C.T; T.A
Photographer: T.A 2008

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