Skata Hotell is a wooden fish service building in Henningsvær, close to the municipal centre Svolvær. It used to be a fish processing facility and has now been transformed into a contemporary, though somewhat modest, hotel. Henningsvær is Lofoten's most famous fishing village, also called ‘The Venice of the North’. In winter, it is the centre of the world's largest cod fishery, and during the ‘Lofotfisket’, the life in the harbour is vibrant.
- Henningsvær, Lofoten
- 400 m2
- Dingstads Eindomsforvaltning AS
- NSW Arkitektur
The village of Henningsvær is made up of small and relatively flat islands. In 1934 the islands were linked through a new breakwater, which made Henningsvær a good harbour for the fishing fleet, despite its exposed location towards the sea. It was for a long time a major fishing village and fishing port in Lofoten. The original environment – boathouses and rows of fishermen’s shacks – is preserved. The main street of Henningsvær is the famous harbour. Around the fishing village, the distinctive ‘hjeller’ – drying racks for stock-fish, also called the ‘Cathedrals of Lofoten’ – stand out against the sky.
The Skata building used to be a significant fish reception facility in Henningsvær. The area is approx. 200 m² with two floors, plus an attic. The ground floor is transformed into approximately 10 suite guest rooms. When positioning the rooms, existing windows, columns and beams were considered. The second floor was previously used as accommodation for fishermen. Here, existing rooms were mainly retained, supplemented by common living areas.
The transformation required a new entrance to each floor, plus new escape stairs. The exterior spiral staircases were added to the gables and are dressed in wooden spokes at a comfortable distance from the hotel's main body.