Trollstigen Visitor Centre
The project enhances the experience of the Trollstigen plateau’s location and nature. Thoughtfulness regarding elements and materials underscore the site’s nature and character, and well-adapted, functional facilities augment the visitor experience.
The architecture is characterized 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.
The project is a collaboration with Multiconsult 13.3 landscaping. Illustrations by diephotodesigner.de, Jiri Havran/Statens vegvesen and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.
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 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 moulded into the landscape so that the visitor’s experience 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.
All architecture should be perceived as built landscape rather than conventional houses which constitute foreign objects in such a context.