Gapahuken Havørna / Architect in Residence, Træna 2019

One of the very exiting AIR project in 2019 was the collaboration with Træna Jeger og Friluft on Sanna where a gapahuk (norwegian name for wind shelter) was built under the lead of Architect in Residence Ethan Zagorec-Marks. Ethan had a 2,5 months residency in Træna and became good friends with the island.

Here is an article from Helgelands Blad writing about the process. And below are pictures from Tim P Kristiansen, Ethan Zagorec-Marks, Morten Tøgersen and Moa Björnson.

We look forward to 2020 and the opening of the Gapahuk. It’s named Havørna (sea eagle) and during the Trænafestival there will be activities here. Also Ethan will come back to Træna to continue the interior design.

Thanks to all who participated in this project, and special thanks to Ethan!

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About Havørna and Ethan Zagorec-Marks (interview with

Hi Ethan! Who are you in all this?

I am a designer and kind of a wanderer from the United States who ended up, by will of the Instagram algorithm, applying to and being invited to participate in the Træna Artist in Residence program. My original proposal was actually to build a new sauna on Selvær, an island just 20 minutes north of Husøya. Funding for that project was not able to happen, BUT a very clever collaboration between the Artist in Residence program and the Træna Jeger- og Friluftsforening came about thanks to Moa Björnson and Morten Tøgersen, and I was able to play a part in designing and building the new gapahuk on the magical island of Sanna along with Petur Herbertsson and Erik Mårtensson. I was just one of many folks who helped make this project possible.

But what is Havørna?

Havørna is the name of the Hagabukta gapahuk, walk thirty minutes around the westside of Sanna and you may just find it. If you do happen to come across the little structure please feel free to go inside, rest, enjoy the view, or find shelter from a storm. However if it is a beautiful sunny day and you find yourself with some close friends, coffee, and buns, climb up onto the torvtak (roof) and enjoy the view. While we were building the gapahuk the roof quickly became the preferred spot to have lunch and coffee.

And why did you choose the name Havørna?

In brief, Havørna is the shape of the gapahuk, at least in a drawing. Expanding on that the shape of Havørna was born from a brilliant idea from an Icelandic man named Pétur Herbertsson, he is the mastermind behind the large platform, or wing, that juts out from the structure. The name itself came from an evening adventure with artists Maria Dahl and Bendik Vatne. We noticed that the shape of the gapahuk, in a way resembled the winged creatures that soar around the peaks of Sanna. This became our name for the gapahuk.

Can you tell us a bit about the art aspect of the project?

The desire for Havørna, is to become a part of Sanna’s landscape. The landscape, and time are the art piece. The gapahuk is simply a sheltered seat where one can experience the art. Architecturally the form, footprint, and materials were chosen so that with time the structure will weather, age, and patina into a similar shade of grey as the boulders littering the backside of the island. Essentially, the architecture will become just another stone in a field overlooking the Norwegian Sea. 

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