Design Team: Reiulf Ramstad, Sunniva N Rosenberg, Christian Fuglset, Ragnhild Snustad, Atle Leira, Espen Surnevik
Construction years: Competition 2009 (1st Prize) - Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Dag Terje Alnes.
Trollveggen is the cradle of mountaineering in Norway. The building in question was designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects and is at the foot of the highest vertical rock face in Europe, the Romsdal Valley. This is one of the most popular natural attractions in Norway and a paradise for extreme sports, including “Birdmen Jumping”, which involves an acrobatic flight from the high slopes wearing a special winged suit.
The new service centre is at the beginning of the nature trail, which is the starting point to explore tracks and viewpoints and observe the wealth of natural beauty of the location with its rocky faces, sheer precipices and rough valleys.
The building layout is very simple and functional and covers a total area of 700 m2, comprising the restaurant, the visitors’ service centre, a small theatre and the rest areas, which offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain landscape.
The unusual jagged shape of the roof is inspired by the mountains around the building which, in this project, play an active part in defining the shape of the building, its heights and peaks. In fact when the mountains are reflected in the steel and glass façades, it seems to disappear as it blends in so well with the context.
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