Located on Norway’s west coast, Trollstigen is perched within a dramatic pass between the deep fjords that characterize the region. This panoramic site can only be visited and constructed in summer, due to severe winter weather. Despite—or perhaps because of—the inaccessible nature of the site, the project entails designing an entire visitor environment ranging from a mountain lodge with restaurant and gallery to flood barriers, water cascades, bridges, and paths to outdoor furniture and pavilions and platforms meant for viewing the scenery. All of these elements are molded into the landscape so that the visitor’s experience of place seems even more intimate. The architectural intervention is respectfully delicate, and was conceived as a thin thread that guides visitors from one stunning overlook to another.
The RRA project will enhance the experience of the Trollstigen plateau’s location and nature. Thoughtfulness regarding features and materials will underscore the site’s temper and character, and well-adapted, functional facilities will augment the visitor’s experience. The architecture is to be characterised by clear and precise transitions between planned zones and the natural landscape. Through the notion of water as a dynamic element –from snow, to running and then falling water- and rock as a static element, the project creates a series of prepositional relations that describe and magnify the unique spatiality of the site.
Invited Competition 1st prize in cooperation with Multiconsult 13.3 landscaping (2004)
Construction year: 2005-2011/ Official Opening 2011.
Expected Completion: 2011 (Including the new Mountain Lodge with Restaurant and Flood Barrier House)
Building area: 800 m2 (Mountain Lodge with restaurant and gallery) To be completed in 2011, 950 m2 (Flood Barrier House) To be completed in 2010.
Site: Building Site 600,000 m2
Time to build: 6 years
Type of construction: Cor-ten steel and poured-in-place concrete
The Project ”Trollstigen - National Tourist Route” is on display as part of the travelling exhibition "Detour: Architecture and Design along 18 tourist Routes in Norway” (now in Shanghai).