Water is both a blessing and a curse for the cultural heritage site Bryggen. A surplus of rainwater without the proper drainage leads to fungal growth on the buildings, while too little groundwater leads to unwanted decomposition of the cultural deposits. The rainwater therefore needs to be drained away from the buildings, while at the same time, the groundwater levels need to be raised and kept stable. For almost 1000 years, people have managed the water flow at Bryggen. If we manage to regain control of the water within a relatively short amount of time, we will be able to save this complex cultural heritage site. Follow these links for more information about the reasons behind the water imbalance, and what can be done in order to restore the balance.

Flooding at Bryggen. Photo: Einar Mørk, The Bryggen Foundation.