The Svalbard Science Centre designed by Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects is located in Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands. An insulated copper-clad skin is wrapped around the complex spaces demanded by the brief, creating an outer shell defined by the flows of wind and snow passing through the site and informed by climatic 3D simulations. The long-strip copper installation system was used with copper trays up to 10m in length.
Architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs design is an organic form derived from a lobster-shaped plan and faceted cross sections using sloping facades and shallow pitched roofs up to 60m long. At first sight, the long, low profile of the building seems arbitrary – almost like some alien structure sat in the snow or perhaps an echo of the angular faces of the surrounding mountains.