“It’s Meant to Decay”: Contemporary Sámi Architecture and the Rhetoric of Materials

  • Elin Haugdal


Challenges in contemporary Sámi architecture are often met by using highly visual figures and symbols that represent a conception of Sámi culture. This chapter focuses on a subtler symbolic aspect, namely the materials used to construct and clad the buildings. Although the materials chosen follow Nordic and international architectural trends, the wood, stone, concrete and glass are ascribed a set of meanings to fit the Sámi context. The question is to what degree these materials mediate conventional and even stereotypical understandings of Sáminess or produce awareness of new Sámi architecture and identity.


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  1. 1.University of Tromsø—The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway

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