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Arctic Culture Center, Hammerfest, Norway At the top of Norway, Hammerfest presents itself as the world’s northernmost town and a natural centre of the region. In addition to the proximity to the North Cape, this establishes it as one of the most important tourist destinations in Northern Norway, with over 250.000 visitors each year. The project is a part of the bigger seafront development and is highly visible from both land and sea. The goal is to provide new program and architectural characteristics to the site, ensuring an attractive and beautiful town centre, contributing to the development and strengthening of the town’s identity. The program is organized in compact units in such a way that in-between spaces with different degrees of public access are created, and the numbers of public areas are maximized. These social “arenas`, both in and outdoors, connects the Culture Centre to the city of Hammerfest. The building is an object with a clear signal effect where accessibility, openness and creative, artistic energy is expressed. The foyer of AKS is formalized as a public acclimatized open-space between built masses, connecting the main coastal road (Strandgata) to the quay along the waterline 3 meters below. The urban gesture is repeated throughout the plan, but it has its last (or first) expression in another open-space, the Arctic Arena – an outdoor auditorium. Conceptually Arctic Arena, like the other open spaces in the project connects the street level with the Northern Sea, but it also provides exceptional and unique public space for the city. The AKS will act as a central venue for art, cultural activities, and conferences. It will also be the first building on the Findus site, and will thus influence further development and redevelopment of the relationship between Hammerfest town centre and the sea. The Arctic Culture Centre opened in January 2009.