Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos by HALO Architects has recently gained well-deserved recognition by the international press. The most recent feature article has been published in Italian OfArch magazine. Architect Arianna Callocchia writes how “the Sámi Cultural Center symbolizes the Finnish Sámi population and emphasizes their independence, their vitality and their cultural development.”
Sajos is the centre of culture and administration for the Sámi, the only indigenous people in European Union. The building has a gross floor area of 4.800 m² and it was completed in January 2012. The centre is used by eight local organisations, and it is located in northern part of Finnish Lappland, in village of Inari, on the southern bank of river Juutua.
The building comprises of the Sámi parliament hall, an acoustically flexible auditorium, a multipurpose hall, meeting rooms, restaurant, library, archives, audio-video studio and editing facilities, classrooms and offices. The load-bearing structure is mainly concrete; the timber facades are iron sulfite treated spruce; the interior is clad in pine boards.
The beautiful building has also been featured in Monocle; check out the film by Sophie Grove at monocle.com/film/affairs/sami-side-of-life/.