Ishavskatedralen or the arctic cathedral is a iconic curch in my home town Tromsø. When you come to the city by airplane, boat or by car from the south you will see this curch from far away. It is shaped like slabs of ice because this town has a long time been known as the gateway to the artic sea. All ships in the old times came to this town to get their lates supply before their expedtitions to the arctic.
The actual name of this curch is "Tromsdalen Kirke".
And since I live in Tromsø and this is a striking design I desided to try this as one of the first large sculpturing/modelling of great buildings in my hometown. This is in fact the fifth version I have made of this. The three first was just a test and then I found the nice technic to build it. That was in december 2005. Then another building "needed" the bricks so I teared it down to build "Polaria". Another landmark in this area with similar designs.
But after a request from someone that wanted this church on display, I rebuilt it in october 2007 and it still is on display here in my apartment. It has also been on display at LEGO World Norway 2008. There is a few small details added after these pictures was taken, like fences around the edge.
The rear of the curch with the glasspainting.
Inside view of the glasspainting.
The original that my model is based upon.
More pictures can be found in my Brickshelf folder.
Added a few new pictures.
This MOC is now teared down. I don't have the space for it anymore and I need the bricks too, for a new project ;)
But since I have built it five times and lots of pictures of it I could rebuild it quick and easy.
Quoting Brian Ogellego
Wow! I like this. I am Norwegian, so I appreciate the fact that someone would acknowledge our heritage. This is a strangely shaped building- how did you make it so triangular? I would like to know.
The secret behind the creation of this triangular shape is maybe revealed in this picture on Brickshelf: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1544571
Each side walls is easy enough to get to hold together but the two walls is locked together with a few hinges in top. I can actually lift the roof off in one piece because the hinges is at diffrent hight and locks them in the right angle. Well, the foremost two slabs is actually loose because they are angled both ways and not paralell the the side walls, and I could not find a way to hide those swivel points...
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Wow! There's a lot of inspiration where you live. Please forgive my ignorance, but where's Tromsø? Thanks!
If you a look on BBC and the weather map on that TV-channel, Tromsø is just north of their map :)
Tromsø is a town far north in the country Norway. You know the country that has all the oil and fish in Europe :)