The Rødbank quarter



Sparebank 1 Northern Norway


The Rødbanken quarter is a city quarter in Tromsø. It is located in the old town at the intersection of two main streets next to the city's cathedral park. The two restored, older monumental buildings and the new construction surround a glass-covered atrium. The new building is designed to complement the old, using similar materials, colors and scale.

The facades are illuminated to give the building active facades in the dark winter months when there is no daylight in arctic Tromsø.

The inner atrium is designed as an Italian piazza open to the public on the first floor. Cafes, events, artwork and planting surround cobbled floors.

The inner space is connected to the surrounding streets and the park with passages in all directions.

The internal facades facing the central courtyard/atrium are designed to show and expose the buildings from three different centuries.

The building's main purpose is to house the offices of Sparebank1 Nord-Norge. By opening up the various areas to the public, the building mass is also transformed into more than just a bank building and the areas are used for various public events and services that the bank offers as a non-profit.