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Turtagro Hotel / JVA

  • 01:00 - 17 April, 2009
Turtagro Hotel / JVA
Turtagro Hotel / JVA

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sognefjellet Summer Ski Centre, 6876 Skjolden, Norway
  • Architects

    Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
  • Project Architects

    Einar Jarmund & Håkon Vigsnæs
  • Collaborator

    Roar Lund-Johnsen
  • Client

    Ole Drægni
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The old Turtagrø Hotel, which has been the starting point for climbing in the Hurrungane Mountains for more than a hundred years, burned down in 2001. The owner wanted to create some of the atmosphere of the old building - a recognisable scale, spatial sequence, colours and materials, relating to a nearby timber annex. Outside of this the requirement was for a hotel with a new architectonic expression and an efficient layout.

All communal functions have been placed on ground or basement floor around a small reception, with all guest rooms on first and second floor. It was a challenge to combine large capacity with the necessary intimacy in the communal areas. The guest rooms differ from conventional hotel rooms in that they have no ante-space, and are shallower and wider than normal. This gives the opportunity for a more open connection between bed- and bathroom. The interiors are robust and simple.

The architectonic expression of the building ties it visually to the surrounding mountains, and allows the three ascending tower suites. The architecture sets up a dialogue with the landscape, while the stonewalls, carves panels surfaces and the recessed glazing talk with the existing annex.

The hotel is built with a steel structure and prefabricated decks spanning between the external walls, giving the plan full freedom. It is clad with timber panelling, felt shingles and natural stone externally, with lime-washed panelling, painted wooden floors and oiled oak in the interior.

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Turtagro Hotel / JVA

Little girl · November 07, 2009

Tough it is some kind of out of fasion,it conveies us a simple style of life.

Grzegorz Woronowicz · October 16, 2009

I think it's a good project. It's modest and doesen't follow international trends (nowadays, if you want to be trendy with your architecture you have to choose between blobby forms, parametric design or minimalism). It looks a bit out of it's times but it seems very warm and nice inside. I would gladly stay there for a few days.
Grzegorz Woronowicz

Lucas Gray · April 19, 2009

I like the material palate and it looks like there is some fantastic natural light in a lot of the interior spaces. However, the form is a little awkward in my opinion.

ivo · May 06, 2010 03:56 AM

awkward ? I think that it matches perfectly with the surrounding materials, and skyline

Andrew · April 04, 2010 07:30 PM

The form is close to traditional Norwegian homes, cabins and farm buildings.


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