St. Olav Cathedral, Norway

brick facade winter front view church St. Olav Catholic Cathedral
St. Olav Catholic Cathedral, Trondheim © Matthias Herzog

Architects Eggen Arkitekter, Norway
Location Trondheim, Norway
Construction period 09.2015 - 11.2016
Nomination category
Sharing public spaces
Purpose Roman Catholic Cathedral, Parish Center
Usable floor area 2180 m²
Brick type Facing bricks

Located in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, this new cathedral was designed to replace an older one deemed to be too small.  The cathedral is perfectly situated  near the historic old town and the Nidelva river,  between Jugendstil buildings. The new building is a simple – but classic – three-aisled basilica with a freestanding bell tower. In addition to the main building, the architects created various side buildings, including a parish centre, a library and three apartments for priests. For building materials, they chose yellow and grey brown bricks to connect the new building with the city’s history. The simple construction of the complex represents quiet, while the mix of materials stands for authenticity and durability. The cathedral therefore combines old traditions with modernity in what the architects calls “a modern interpretation of a traditional basilica”.

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