- Thi & dencker Arkitekter
THE HOUSE OF MEMORY
The House of Memory is a competition proposal for a cultural center and archive for the Norwegian minority, known as the forest finns. The forest finns immigrated to the county of Hedmark, Norway in the 17th century bringing with them their language, culture and customs which still lives on today through their descendants and the places they inhabited
The museum’s different functions are collected in one long body located parallel to the River Rotna, thus creating two divided and diverse outdoor spaces - an arrival space between densely planted pine trees and an open outdoor area along the river bank.
The proposal has been developed with inspiration from the forest finns’ history and building traditions, which are interpreted and processed into a modern architectural expression. The architecture seeks to recall the memories of the past through atmosphere, material, construction, and with interpretations of historical motifs that recounts the culture of the forest finns.