Building a shopping centre in a city is quite common. Building a city around a shopping centre? Less so. Such was the case in Sotra Kystby, one of Norway’s most western points. In a bid to extend the mall’s programme, the client challenged us to transform the centre into the beating heart of what was once an isolated fishing community and is now home to the high-tech subsea industry. In response, we proposed an island discovery centre that doubles as a gathering-cum-education space. The result converts shoppers into museum-goers, opening up content to a new, younger audience.