The bricks used were made at Bodø's local brickworks in Rønviksleira and the brick walls are rendered on both sides. The hipped and pitched roofs are covered with slates under which there is one layer of birch bark and then a double layer of wooden decking boards. The birch bark which was imported from Russia and stitched together to form large sheets, is a reminder of the extensive trade between Northern Norway and northern Russia, the Pomor trade, that lasted up until the Russian revolution in 1917.