On a rocky seashore, Hotel Kirkenes explores artificial boundaries

With some 6,000 inhabitants, Kirkenes is a city in North East Norway, close to Russia. Far from dynamic business headquarters and political and economic centres, the city has developed its own identity.

A small hotel that offers a roof, a warm fireplace and view of the Barents Sea, Hotel Kirkenes was built in 10 days on a small budget. To combat the rough weather at the site, the structure is anchored to the rocks, its simplicity echoing the idea of shelter in a place where business, politics, and the economy can try to balance in its own way.


Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Kirkenes, Norway
Photo credits: Rintala Eggertsson Architects