Andenes, on the tip of Norway’s Andoya island some 300 kilometres north of the Arctic circle, is the future site of The Whale, a stunning tourist attraction where people can observe whales in their natural habitat. Taking charge of the project is the architecture studio Dorte Mandrup, devout believers in the possibilities of modern architecture and experimental curiosity.
The area is frequently visited by migrating whales, making Andenes a perfect spot to see this fabled animal up close. Designed as a behemoth shape rising gently from the island’s rocky shore just like a whale’s silhouette, the structure features a single curved concrete shell as its roof, a parabolic form supported from the corners to create a large, column-free room below. Whale-watchers and Aurora Borealis chasers are spoiled with amazing vantage points from The Whale’s brick-paved roof, as well as from the inside of the building, where numerous dedicated spaces and restaurants are housed as well. This stunning cultural site is slated to open in 2022.
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