The beachside surf hostel at Bore on the West coast of Jæren is an exploration of how we can reimagine and reuse existing building structures to create new architectural opportunities.
Located back behind the line of sand dunes, the architecture echoes the language of a hamlet of small two storey volumes, organised around a shared, sheltered courtyard. This expression of stacked regular modules stems directly from the projects’ method of construction from re-purposed old industrial barracks, originally used by off-shore oil workers in the North Sea. Since then the modules were transported to Stavanger where Helen & Hard first transformed them into temporary housing for interns and creative professionals adjacent to the practice’s office. Before being given a new opportunity with Bore Surf School to re-imagine and re-purpose the structures, creating a new layer in their architectural history and sustainably recycling the building materials through their re-use.
A new layer of insulation and timber cladding wraps around the volumes, creating a protective skin against the harsh, exposed coastal weather conditions typical of the site. New windows are carefully orientated to frame specific views and maximise natural daylight. While coloured stained timber reveals articulate the play of positive and negative space and the three-dimensionality of the interlocking volumes.
Inside, efficient self-sustained dwelling units are combined with shared common spaces and sleeping rooms to create a diverse mix of residential opportunities for guests. The architecture aims to maximise the potential of the existing materials and respect the physical context of the natural local landscape, while also integrating within the existing social structures of the coastal community.