Although the beautiful stave church on the island Heimaey (Westman Islands, Iceland) is young, its roots go deep in history. It was built in 2000, presented to Iceland by Norway in commemoration of the 1000-year anniversary of Iceland’s conversion to Christianity. The location is Skansinn in the town Vestmannaeyjabær on Heimaey, the largest and only inhabited island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. The architecture and construction methods are from just after the close of the Viking Age.
35 volunteers led by traditional boat-builders from Fredrikstad began creating Hope Cathedral. It will combine wooden construction with the ocean plastics, says Anne Skauen, the project manager. “The plastics will be used in the roof, which is about 300 square meters. We are inspired by the Norwegian stave churches, our contribution to world heritage, and aim to combine traditional building techniques with our ‘modern’ world.