Knarvik Church in Norway
This stunning church is a wonderful example of the blend of modern. sleek design with traditional materials and principles that really encapsulates all that is best about Scandinavian architecture. The church was constructed in 2014 in the town of Knarvik, close to the beautiful city of Bergen, and nestled among the stunning Norwegian fjords. It was designed by Oslo-based architecture firm Reifuf Ramstad Arkitekter, who chose a form and materials to fit seamlessly with the local environment and topography.
The birchwood exterior mirrors the famous Norwegian wooden churches that have stood for hundreds of years in the wild, unspoilt landscapes of Norway's long coast line. This contrasts with the striking, modernist profile of the building, in tune with the clean lines and uncluttered spaces that we expect of Scandinavian design.
Elongated windows are specially designed to maximise the light within the interior, with a quite spectacular effect. They also assist with creating a feeling that the church is at one with the surrounding nature.
An outdoor area has also been developed around the church, and this will be Knarvik's new central square - a focal point for gatherings of local people celebrating their faith and their community. We think it makes for a wonderful place to stop in if you are on a trip to the beautiful Norwegian fjords!