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Samfunnshuset (The Community Centre) ( Vadsø samfunnshus (Vadsø Community Centre))
Address: Amtmannsgata 11 B, 9800 Vadsø
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Architect: Isaksen & Wigen ark MNAL
Client: Vadsø municipality
Construction System /
Concrete, plaster, aluminium sheeting, brick, timber
Building Type: Community centre with library, gym, swimming pool, cinema (1st building phase), assembly hall (2nd building phase)
Year of Construction: 1957 (1st building phase), 1964 (2nd building phase)
The building has kept to the sober, functionalist style of the reconstruction, with clearly-defined building sections, a flat roof and rendered outer walls. A large building space is broken down in the following fashion. The first phase of the building is in two to three storeys, where the different functions of the swimming pool, with a gym above it, the cinema and the library are housed in three different spaces. The assembly hall with its small stage makes up a fourth space, with a kitchen extension as another building space. The different parts of the building are emphasized by the use of two exterior colours, white and red. The assembly hall has a good headroom and overhead lighting.
Literature: Dancke, Trond M.E., Opp av ruinene. Gjenreisningen av Finnmark 1945-1960, Oslo 1986
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 11.02.2009
Author: R.S
Photographer: R.S

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