The island’s stormy weather has historically kept residents indoors and governed the types of wildlife that could survive. The new bøur space inside each eye have been designed to achieve its own microclimate, making it possible to grow a wider variety of vegetables and plants and to encourage biodiversity on site. These sheltered exterior bøur spaces also serve as a new way for the community to socialise. The new spaces allow residents to gather, chat to each other, or tend to the plants in a safe and pleasant environment.
Creating new thinking in relation to traditional construction in RunavikJury panel, 2016 Nordic Built Cities Challenge.
Traditional construction, contemporary outcomes
Each 17,550 sqm eye is built using locally sourced, natural construction materials, like sheep wool and timber, but embodies the efficiency of Passivhaus, and is powered by renewable energy. This sets the conditions for a long term zero carbon community.
The circular settlements mutate into eye shapes as they individually respond to the unique terrain and the prevailing wind. Even the contours of the green roofs mimic the topography below. By incorporating minimal foundations that require almost no blasting or excavation, natural contours and wildlife is preserved. The main path connecting the Eyes of Runavik to the town and landscape beyond is pedestrianised, further respecting the wild natural character of the island.