Cathedral of Northern Lights in Norway uses Titanium to reflect Aurora Boreolis.
- Cathedral of Northern Lights in Norway uses Titanium to reflect Aurora Boreolis.
This Cathedral of Northern Lights has Titanium cladding to reflect
Aurora Boreolis which is visible only inside the Arctic Circle.
Architect Schmidt Hammer Lassen
inauguration of the Cathedral of the Northern Lights in Alta, Norway,
some 500 km inside the Arctic Circle.
The metallic spiral form of the building, actually clad in titanium,
almost resembles a piece of industrial rather than architectural
Alta town's administration organised a contest for this Church
beginning 2001, and Arch Schmidt won it.
20,000 square feet for a congregation of 350.
The Titanium clad spiral winds around the building, forms the spire,
and holds the belfry 47 meters above street level.
The cathedral is intended to literally reflect the Aurora Borealis,
popularly described as "Northern Lights".
Aurora borealis (or the northern lights), was named after the Roman
goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind,
Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621.
Click the link below to see the full report of the inauguration of
this architectural beauty and for some amazing pictures.