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Located in the Arctic archipelago of Fleinvær, in Norway, Fordypningsrommet is a special kind of retreat set within a still, breathtaking and peaceful landscape. Its name translates to ‘room for deeper studies’, which is a fitting choice for a place that allows visual artists and musicians to relax completely and become inspired by nature. The project is the brainchild of Norwegian jazz musician Håvard Lund and was designed by TYIN Tegnestue Architects and Sami Rintala of Rintala Eggertson Architects.

The objective of our retreat is that visitors are able to experience an undisturbed stay out here among nature, finding the inspiration to embark on a new creative journey.

“The objective of our retreat is that visitors are able to experience an undisturbed stay out here among nature, finding the inspiration to embark on a new creative journey,” says Håvard Lund. Built almost at the edge of the world, the nine distinctive cabins become a part of the striking archipelago. They are designed to be both environmentally-friendly and to sit lightly on the land, featuring cladding made from sustainable Kebony wood and steel feet. The structures have specific purposes: some contain double beds, one is a kitchen, another a sauna. The tallest of them all sits on a round column and overlooks the landscape; it is meant to be occupied by the artists in residence whose applications have been approved for a free residence. There is only one condition for their stay: before they leave, they have to give some insight into their work to an audience, thus promoting a flow of knowledge and creativity. But Fordypningsrommet is not an exclusive artists’ retreat. Even though the cabins are not rented individually, guests can rent the entire complex which contains sleeping spaces for up to 12 people. Away from roads, cars and the noises of the city, the rocky coastline offers the chance to forget the world; at night, the Northern Lights illuminate the sky, allowing the guests to rediscover nature’s slow rhythm and to reconnect to its primordial beauty. Photography by Kathrine Sørgård.

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