Rørvikfjellet National Tourist Route
Approaching the site, one experiences a sensation of lift-off. The bend in the road creates a situation where the landscape opens up and unfolds on an enormous scale. This produces a feeling of anti-gravity and a natural desire to follow through with the motion of the approach and literally take off into the vast spatiality of the landscape. This dominant experience is the basis for the architectural concept.
The simple objective of the design was to take up and complete the motion that is already integral to the natural site. This continuation manifests in different ways: primarily the ramp that extends out into the void of the topographic space is a fulfillment of the lift-off that the approach promises. But the architecture also forms a continuation of the movement and curvature of the road itself by aligning with the road and organizing the pedestrian motions of the place in accordance with the traffic. The architecture also underlines the special character of the site in terms of materiality and design details. This entails continuity at the same time as the architecture creates definite and unmistakable transitions. As a result, the visitor’s facility stands forth as a concentrated and precise construction that allows for intuitive usage and thus contributes to a richer experience of the natural site.
Illustrations by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.