The two disused retail stores on Kirkenes’ pedestrian street are in the process of being fully refitted to create Pikene på Broen’s new showroom, workshop and public meeting space in the centre of town.
Anders Eik Pilskog and Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy from architecture firm Stiv Kuling have been working with Pikene på Broen to create a space that reflects local society – industry meeting community and nature. Materials such as steel and concrete are balanced with timber and wool with large street facing windows and interior glass providing natural light to the space. The architects have worked with Pikene på Broen in the past, producing a project for the 2013 Barents Spektakel.
Construction work is being undertaken by Kirkenes Byggservice AS and the project is financed by Arts Council Norway*, Finnmark fylkeskommune through The Ministry of Culture’s fund for cultural buildings**, Pikene’s annual funding, Sør-Varanger Kommune, the Culture Business Development Foundation of Spare Bank 1 Northern Norway*** and Ulven Investment AS.
* Norsk Kulturråd (Rom for Kunst)
** Finnmark fylkeskommune gjennom Kulturdepartementets spillemiddelordning for Kulturbygg
*** Kulturnæringsstiftelsen SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge