About Us

VARDØ RESTORED is a multi-skilled team working in conjunction with the management of the Varanger Museum Iks Vardø department.

Its areas of competency include town planning, architecture, cultural history, business development, traditional handicrafts, storytelling and digital communication.

Some of us live and work in Vardø, while others are based in Tromsø, Bergen, Stavanger and Berlin and carry out our work in Vardø across over shorter stays. But we all have one thing in common: a deep like for Vardø and for the passionate locals who make sure Vardø is a kickass place.

VARDØ RESTORED is a cooperation between the local businesses in Vardø and national governmental departments. Having high quality partners brings about the knowledge and economical conditions for success with a top quality project. Our supporters are essential to the long term goal of restoring historic buildings in Vardø and promoting healthy business development within.

Vardø Restored would like to thank the following national and regional bodies for their fantastic cooperation: Varanger Museum, Vardø Municipality, Finnmark Fylkeskommune, Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Fund for Cultural Heritage, The Norwegian Coastal Administration, Arts Council Norway, NDR Restoration, Nordnorsk fartøyvernsenter, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

VARDØ RESTORED´s work is based on a “people first” philosophy where the focus is placed on the people who own and do business in cultural heritage buildings. Through their engagement and passion for their city, local forces in Vardø are the key to a successful city development.

Thus the people behind each building are included as a central and necessary part of the restoration process. This is achieved through a process of participation where the project group is physically present and listens actively to owners´stories, visions and challenges.

VARDØ RESTORED is stimulating business development and opening a new chapter in Vardø’s cultural heritage.

Vardø is the only city of Finnmark with an intact pre-war structure in a historical city centre. This makes the city nationally unique.

VARDØ RESTORED is a city development strategy implemented with deep respect to the city´s uniqueness, rich cultural history and local business initiatives.

Monica Dahl

Monica Dahl

Project Ownermonica.dahl@varangermuseum.no
Svein Harald Holmen

Svein Harald Holmen

Project Mangershholmen@icloud.com
Rasmus Skrydstrup

Rasmus Skrydstrup

Restoration Craftsmanrasmus.skrydstrup@varangermuseum.no
Kjell Odin Larsen

Kjell Odin Larsen

Timber Master
Reka Rozsa

Reka Rozsa

Head of Communicationsrreka01@gmail.com
Ingrid Vedeler Brekkhus

Ingrid Vedeler Brekkhus

Architectingridvbrekkhus@gmail.com
Mats Kemppe Johansen

Mats Kemppe Johansen

Architectkemppe83@gmail.com
Andreas Haukenes

Andreas Haukenes

Responsible historical photosAndreas.Haukenes@varangermuseum.no
Kai Remi Hagen

Kai Remi Hagen

Film makermail@kaihagen.no
Torill Andreassen

Torill Andreassen

Web Project Managertorill@gmail.com
Bernd Hacker

Bernd Hacker

Web Developerbernd@logikstudio.de
Serena Vittoria Nitti

Serena Vittoria Nitti

Graphic Designerserenanitti@gmail.com
At home

At home

Course in restoration

Course in restoration

Guidance by craftsman

Guidance by craftsman

Advisement over telephone

Advisement over telephone

Board meeting

Board meeting

Business development

Business development

Documentation and communication

Documentation and communication

DIVE-analysis

DIVE-analysis

City walk

City walk

Varanger museum
Varanger museum

Varanger museum

Project Owner
Vardø Municipality
Vardø Municipality

Vardø Municipality

Main sponsor
Finnmark fylkeskommune
Finnmark fylkeskommune

Finnmark fylkeskommune

Main sponsor
Directorate of Cultural Heritage
Directorate of Cultural Heritage

Directorate of Cultural Heritage

Main sponsor
Fund for Cultural Heritage
Fund for Cultural Heritage

Fund for Cultural Heritage

Sponsor of restoration projects
Norwegian Coastal Administration
Norwegian Coastal Administration

Norwegian Coastal Administration

Sponsor of the pre-study
Directorate of Fisheries
Directorate of Fisheries

Directorate of Fisheries

Sponsor of the pre-study
Arts Council Norway
Arts Council Norway

Arts Council Norway

Sponsor of the pre-study
Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Partner research and development
NDR Restoration
NDR Restoration

NDR Restoration

Partner restoration craftsmanship