PRESENTING OUR PROJECTS REFLECTING AROUND HUMAN RELATIONS TO NATURE, SPRITUALITY AND HOLY PLACES - SACRED SPACES
"A temple is the bench were the farmer rests after a long day of hard work"
Hans-Petter has long worked towards the public and private sector within traditional approaches within the architectural services such as design, construction and area planning. But it is with the artistic approach
he has won a number of awards of exploring modern societies "Sacred Spaces" and developing unique concepts.
On this page you will find the results of finding answers in the attempt of explaining what holy places are and exploring why they have become through history and time.
WHAT IS A SACRED SPACE?
PROJECT NAME: SACRED SPACES OF TUCUME
CATEGORY: ECOLOGICAL TEMPEL
STATUS: COMPLETED 2019
LOCATION: TUCUME, PERU
COLLABORATION: MUSEO TUCUME & USMP, DOGA
Rais de Raja is an ecological temple merged in the forest with a sight to the holy mountain of La Raja. The site is sorrounded by paramids built by the pre-hispanic Mocheculture and the Incas.
Sacred Space Tucume was a workshop exploring prehispanic architecture, ecological building methods and sacred spaces. During the workshop we created an ecological temple located on a historical site close to the ancient pyramids of Tucume, Peru. The project is a collaboration between Escuela Profesional de Arquitectura - USMP Filial Norte, Museo de sitio Tucume en Lambayeque and initiated by Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio.
The temple is constructed by local building techniques and materials as adobe and cana brava. These are old materials even used in the old pyramids. These materials along with an understanding of climate creates a healthy and comfortable environmental space.
The inside of the temple is organised by sacred principles handed over by the local priests and shamans. The altar where negative energy is dispelled and sacrified to the holy mountain La Raja is presented first. The second altar is a place of praying for positive forces to enter your life.
The shaman is seated at very heart of the inside of the temple, by the altar, which houses sacred objects including a stone picked from the holy mountain itself.
The temple has a straight view to the mountain top, and the adobe wall creates a sheltered space for the cermonies while a natural roof of branches protects from the equatorial sun.
PROJECT NAME: ZENGARDEN LITHUANIA
STATUS: COMPLETED 2016
LOCATION: ANYKSCAI, LITHUANIA
COLLABORATION: VYTAUTAS LANDSBERGIS & CONSTRUCTIVE SHAMANISM
The main idea of the project was to create a Meditation Garden with Norwegian style Gapahuk shelters as main constructions. Garden for contemplation, which could be used for individual or group meditations. The garden was designed and multiple elements were added during building process in regards of ideas presented by team members, local mediator Vytautas V. Landsbergsis and organizers. Interest in Lithuanian folklore and foreseeing different activities and events which could take place in the future in the Meditation Garden made huge influence on the project.
Meditation Garden not only incorporated design of Gapahuk shelters into Lithuanian swamp landscape, but also created very united element in regards to the whole property of local mediator Vytautas V. Landsbergsis. At last, but not the least – participants of the workshop became members of the White Tribe, who couldn’t part after the workshop was over. They continue spiritual gatherings, celebrations and they meet to take care of the meditation shelters and nurture Meditation Garden by planting trees and bushes.
Hans-Petter Bjørnådal, Vytautas V. Landsbergis, Šarūnas Savickas, Dovilas Bukauskas, Goda Verikaitė, Corentin Holvoet, Sophie Hazebrouck, Kristė Krupovisovaitė, Viktorija Minčinskaja, Kwai Pun Jordane, Laisvydas Dudutis, Dainius Meškauskas, Leika Mark Noppenau, Silvija Juškelienė, Thullier Ludovich
Guoda Barduskaite, Šarūnas Savickas
Local mediator Vytautas V. Landsbergis
PROJECT NAME: KLEMET
STATUS: 2013 - 2019
LOCATION: HEMNES, NORGE
Environmental theater scene in Hemnes, Norway for a play about the dramatic life of a powerful Sami shaman, Klemet, turning the whole valley into a shaman drum.
Around 1900 the shaman Klemet was living in between the Okstindan glacier on the mountains and the farmers in the valley. He was a Sami, torn between living the traditional nomadic Sami way of life and the life of the farmers. Despite living as an outcast under a rock “heller”, his memory among the farmers is still very strong. Not many years ago the “heller” was blown to pieces in an act of cultural sabotage. The spirit of Klemet had never left the farmers in peace.
The environmental drama of the Klemet theater play aims into the psychological liberation of the valley. The whole community was playing a part, either as actors or producers of the play.
The scenography moves freely in-between land-art and theatre following Shaman Klemets life, which was a constant environmental drama tied with the visual and subconscious layers of nature and human nature as part of nature.
The stage opens up in different layers:
The natural stage is the surrounding mountains, farms and the river running down from the glacier. This natural setting is focusing on a temporary collage of a constructed stage setting with elements from Klemet’s life and the life of the villagers. All the construction materials used in play are recycled from the valley.
PROJECT NAME: NOMAD
STATUS: COMPLETED 2012
LOCATION: RØSSVATN, NORGE
This workshop is initiated by Hans-Petter Bjørnådal & Marco Casagrande with support from:
Aalto University Environmental Art Master Program, Finland
Lund University Department of Sustainable Urban Design, Sweden
Madrid European University Department of Architecture, Spain
Bauhaus University Department of Fine Art, Germany
Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Faculté darchitecture La Cambre -Horta, Belgium
Mosjøen College / Construction
Nomad is a moving and flexible wooden city on top of the frozen lake of Røssvatnet. The architecture is made out of wood and mounted on movable iron sledges. The participating students realized individual and collective structures and lived in them. The nomadic structures functions as a village for icefishing and aurora observatory on the lake.
Architecture is environmental art. The students were given a task to make a personal nomad shelter and collectively to build a movable Nomad Sauna on skies and an Aurora Observatory. Under the ice there were beautiful salmon related fishes - trout and arctic char. Local Knowledge was needed in order to get them up. The farmers around the lake were generous in helping the students and more than that curious to see if they could manage in the demanding Nordic winter conditions. For the course the survival was not enough - the students had to manage to construct in 1:1 scale and find beauty through their actions in the frozen environmen
PROJECT: MOSCOW EXHIBITION
STATUS: COMPLETED FEB. 2020
LOCATION: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
COLLABORATION: ECC, SHCHUSEV MUSEUM OF ARCHITECTURE
Shchusev National Museum of Architecture
This Exhibition explores the true essens of creation and constructive principles of our studio. The exhibition is constructed as a instrument, sending vibes into the conscious and the subconscious matter. In the cocoon ideas are born and the architect plays the drum to create in connection with nature.
The inner creative space and the outer natural realm is unified in creation: sacred spaces
Since industralization our civilisation tends to be disconnected from nature and the spirit world. Religion lost its value, nature became a source only of raw materials. In this way we made an urban world completely alienated of real value.
We believe we need to reconnect both with the natural world and the creative world in order to create new urban communities. We call this new architecture “Sacred Spaces”.
Our cities have become part of a modernist machine causing stress and illness to the organism of earth and humanity. Research shows that approx 17% of the population in urban settlements suffer from depression or other anxiety
disorders. Man needs spaces for silence and meditation.
The structural wounds of a city are easy to analyze. Highways cutting through cities and landscape. Steelmills and nodes of communication with no interaction with the surrounding landscape. These structures has a massive impact on nature and humanity. Creating stress and disruption.
There is no architecture without event (B.Tschumi) and these events create
memories in the urban fabric. Some of this become memories celebrating and uplifting humanity, while others create wounds in the subconscious of the community.
These wounds can be hard to spot, but normally they play the role of a subconscious ghost undermining the development of the community. The result is the modern city that has lot its connection with landscape and spirit. Causing
distress to the human being.
Our goal is to create a silent space through urban acupuncture into the urban matrix, Sacred Spaces