Norway is getting a ridiculously cool new whale-watching attraction

Norway is renowned for offering up some great hotspots for whale watching, but a new attraction could be about the raise the stakes.

That’s because the aptly named attraction ‘The Whale’ will be right on the shores 300km north of the Arctic Circle, so you can get up close to the creatures without disturbing their natural habitat. (In fact, you can even take in the views thanks to the observation deck on the roof).

The attraction will be located in the small town of Andenes on the island of Andøya, and will offer up some spectacular views of the surrounding archipelago, not to mention the migrating whales which frequent the region.

Architecture firm Dorte Mandrup won a competition to design the building, and they’ve revealed the renderings of the incredible project.



The Whale looks like something out of a sci-fi film (rendering)

 

Covering 4,500 sq m, The Whale is a huge curved building which looks like something out of a sci-film, although the architecture firm has said it wants to give the impression that “a giant had lifted a thin layer of the crust of the earth and created a cavity underneath”.

The roof will be covered with natural, unworked stones from the area, and visitors will be able to walk on top of it to take in the views on sunnier days.



Visitors will be able to walk on the roof to take in the views (rendering)

 

It’s sure to make for a great spot from which to see the whales, but if the weather’s not particularly great or you’re not a fan of heights, then you can also enjoy some panoramics from indoors thanks to the huge floor to ceiling windows.

The attraction will of course offer plenty of ways to learn more about the fascinating creatures too thanks to a wide array of exhibitions about the migrating whales, and find out how they can protect the marine life.



Inside there will be plenty of exhibitions about whales (rendering)

 

Other highlights will also include a tidepool, campfire and stepping stones for visitors to explore the surrounding, while the architects will also be looking to include offices, a café and a shop as part of the plans.

Although no exact opening date has been confirmed as of yet, Dorte Mandrup has said that it expects construction to be completed by 2022.

You can find out more on the Dorte Mandrup website .

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