Back in the beginning of XXth century Stordal was a city which traditions in fishery, furniture manufacturing and strong community feelings. The landscape of the city was more gentle, mainly created by small houses, even that ones, which were dedicated for industry. As time goes by, things changed diametrically, starting with building the first factory, more than 50 years ago. Since then, local industry started to develop very quickly, but sometimes with bad impact on landscape and urban planning of Stordal. Inhabited areas started to confront with big factories and places specially dedicated for trade. That intervention has created architectural chaos and lost natural beauty of Norwegian landscape.
Stordal is the city of 1052 inhabitants, located in the west part of Norway, in Møre og Romsdal county, along the inner Storfjorden in Sunnmøre. The majority of the municipality lies east of the fjord, while a small uninhabited mountainous area on the west side of the fjord is also part of Stordal. With it's long tradition of forestry and furniture manufacturing, Stordal have several factories, producing furniture even today, dedicated for places all over the world. Industrial symbols can also be seen in coat-of-arms for the city, which presents a dove-tail system to join two pieces of wood. The same symbol also indicates the strong community feeling in the villages.
Stordal industry is located on the coastline of the city, while the inhabited part of the city is situated mostly on the mountainuos area and deeper into the valley. Since the development of local industry and expansion of big furniture factories, an urban planning of Stordal had radically changed. Nowadays, coastline is fully occupied by high-dimension industrial buildings, pushing away small inhabited house deeper into the valley. Buildings of different function are placed together along coastline: infopoint the government, factories, gas station and houses. There is strong diversion between their function, but there isn't any between their location. This chaotic situastion is made without any appropiate urban plan, that will put an emphasize on horizontal direction of coastline and gentle diversity of Norwegian landscape. Urban plan should be made intelligently and with respect to heritage of Stordal.
The plot of our project is situated on the coastline, in close surrounding of industrial buildings. Gentle horizontal line of the coast can be noticed very easily from road towards Stordal and by continuation its' line towards the valley, makes a strong contrast with vertical direction of mountains. We put an impact on the landscape- to continue the character of the coastline, our buildings are situated in form of line parallel to coastline, and create horizontal view from the sea. To make a contrast and to put an accent on the river, we also placed our buildings in direction opposite to coastline. The project is situated on the spot, once dedicated for an info-point, which doesn't exist anymore.
F_INN is made to collaborate with public spaces already existing in the city, like close neighbourhood of the government and main town square near the coastline.
F_INN initiative is supposed to develop the most representative part of the city, creating in-between spaces for local industry, business park and cultural events, dedicated not only for workers and inhabitants, but also very attractive for tourists.