Friday, October 3, 2014

Bergen Fish Market by Eder Biesel Arkitekter.

I spent almost two days at this building in August.  It was raining, of course, and it is from underneath this building that I drew a view of Bergen as seen in an earlier post.  This Structure has simple and tight sectional qualities that are perfect for this site's edge conditions.  While the building stoutly holds its volume, it also allows people to pass through and underneath it; moving from street to harbor, transit to statis.  As far as the program is concerned, the messy business of fish and produce is located below on street-level, while an information center sits fully enclosed atop this bustle.  Perched over the eastern-most extent of the harbor, the whole top-tier commands a generous view of historic Bergen.  The area directly towards the north east of the building is a nexus of activity where pedestrians and the modern movement of Rt. 585 pinches the water-bound trade routes of the Hanseatic League.  
Literally and in an extensional sense, this energy moves through the fish market's spaces.  In a cadenced move, Eder Biesel Arkitekter colored the building's  louvers a mustard yellow, rich burgandy and crisp white in an allusion to Bergen's Historic Bryggen.  While this modern building openly engages with the Brygeen buidlings across the harbor's inlet, it also confronts the use of Miesian motif in Bergen's centrally located Grieg Hall.  Along the glass facade of Grieg hall, taught steel members are drawn down in that familiar functional-ornamental fashion.  The Fish market posses a quite similar rhythm and proportions in its facade, however the tempered use of color makes the cold universalism of the modern detail both, present and warm.  Though the louvers are functional, they are also a loaded symbol.  By painting them in their historic colors, these member are made reposed; becoming a symbol upon a symbol in a rich interplay of historicism.