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Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta

  • 01:00 - 2 November, 2011
Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta
Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta, © diephotodesigner.de
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hjerkinn, Dovre Municipality, Norway
  • Interior And Landscape Architect

    Snøhetta Oslo AS
  • Project Team

    Knut Bjørgum landscape architect (Design Team Leader), Kjetil T. Thorsen (Partner in charge, Principal architect), Erik Brett Jacobsen, Margit Tidemand Ruud, Rune Grasdal, Martin Brunner (Architects) Heidi Pettersvold.(Interior Architect)
  • Area

    900.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineer

    Dr.Techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, Trond Gundersen
  • Client

    Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre
  • Cost

    4.0 mill. NOK (Total construction cost pavilion)
  • Main Contractor

    Prebygg AS 
  • Subcontractor, Steel

    Lonbakken AS
  • Subcontractor, Glass

    Skandinaviska Glassystem AB 
  • Contractor, Wood

    Djupevaag Ship Builders AS
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Ketil Jacobsen
© Ketil Jacobsen

From the architect. The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion is located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, overlooking the Snøhetta mountain massif. The 90m2 building is open to the public and serves as an observation pavilion for the Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programmes. A 1,5km nature path brings visitors to this spectacular site, 1200 meters above sea level.

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Background

Dovrefjell is a mountain range that forms a barrier between the norther and southern parts of Norway. It is home to Europe’s last wild reindeer herds and is the natural habitat for many rare plants and animals. A long history filled with travellers, hunting traditions, mining, and military activities has left its mark on this land. In addition to the natural and cultural landscape, the Dovre mountains also holds significant importance in the Norwegian consciousness. National legends, myths, poetry (Ibsen) and music (Grieg) celebrate the mystic and eternal qualities of this powerful place. The founding fathers of the Norwegian constitution are ”agreed and faithful, until the fall of Dovre!”

© Ketil Jacobsen
© Ketil Jacobsen

Architectural idea

This unique natural, cultural and mythical landscape has formed the basis of the architectural idea. The building design is based on a rigid outer shell and an organic inner core. The south facing exterior wall and the interior create a protected and warm gathering place, while still preserving the visitor’s view of the spectacular panorama.

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Considerable emphasis is put on the quality and durability of the materials to withstand the harsh climate. The rectangular frame is made in raw steel resembling the iron found in the local bedrock. The simple form and use of natural materials reference local building traditions. However, advanced technologies have been utilized both in the design and the fabrication process. Using digital 3D-models to drive the milling machines, Norwegian shipbuilders in Hardangerfjord created the organic shape from 10 inch square pine timber beams. The wood was then assembled in a traditional way using only wood pegs as fasteners. The exterior wall has been treated with pine tar while the interior wood has been oiled. The pavilion is a robust yet nuanced building that gives visitors an opportunity to reflect and contemplate this vast and rich landscape.

© Ketil Jacobsen
© Ketil Jacobsen

Text provided by Snøhetta Oslo AS.

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128 Comments

BG · September 30, 2016

The wood is absolutely beautiful. But, to be honest, why would corten steel be used as a material of nature? Inside is beautiful but I cant help but see a modernist box transplanted on a natural mountain landscape. When I this project, I think of why the Peter Zumpther thermal baths was more successful. The wood is beautiful though

Imtiaz Roghani · July 02, 2015

stunning project with artistic bachground.,.,

DEA · June 23, 2014

It's a Nice building, too bad the military prevented me to see it.
"We're detonating explosives", the said....

Right, more like covering up the UFO that crashed 2 weekend ago.

architect khan · April 13, 2013

harika tasar?m

Lado Lomitashvili · December 08, 2012

fantastic place

T.J. Chambers · August 11, 2012

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PopLove · August 09, 2012

Stunning architecture by:
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David Sa · July 25, 2012

Beautiful deer observation pavillion #ILOVEWOODS http://t.co/y4CxOUJp

Colin Thornton · July 19, 2012

“@ABBARCHArch: Wooden Cultural Centre - one heck of a view and amazing wood #architecture. Check it out: http://t.co/P46gikHo” #design

The Thornton Group · July 19, 2012

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ABBARCH Architecture · July 19, 2012

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joe gambale · July 14, 2012

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Diego Barrera · June 26, 2012

Podría sentarme acá por una semana entera haciendo nada más que escuchar Bon Iver http://t.co/mh3r4qol

Aldis Cimoska · June 21, 2012

Massive wood a la Norway http://t.co/2HyOPSwc

Radu Stanescu · June 18, 2012

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Seminee Focus · June 18, 2012

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C5QUARED · June 12, 2012

Organic interior at its impressive best!

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Elisa · May 28, 2012

Want to go here: http://t.co/fFzionDK

Holly Romano · May 19, 2012

I want to watch Norwegian Reindeer from here : http://t.co/yisR3rQg

archiDE · May 15, 2012

Reindeer Pavilion by Snøhetta
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archiDE · May 15, 2012
Jesse Edwards · May 10, 2012

Take me here: Best building around, right now.
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Ole Hoffmann · April 10, 2012

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Søren Rose Studio · April 10, 2012

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shakiba · April 09, 2012

it's nice.
:)

StudioKMLN · April 03, 2012

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Umano_Estudio · April 02, 2012

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Catalin Zafiu · March 30, 2012

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Ashley Evans · March 26, 2012

This week&#39s &#39Design we love&#39, The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion http://t.co/AJuOHuxk

ISIS Group Australia · March 26, 2012

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Citizen Sane · March 24, 2012

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Sultana EA · March 22, 2012

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Elizabeth Fielder · March 22, 2012

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?????????? ??????? · March 21, 2012

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Z gafaar · March 21, 2012

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Hari Bagus Firdaus · March 19, 2012

Just a place to see reindeer in Norway http://t.co/ybMCE1v8

Dorin Gashinov · March 19, 2012

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Kasia · March 17, 2012

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Airbnb Danmark · March 17, 2012

Tverrfjellhytta, verdens dejligste bygning sådan helt officielt: http://t.co/aSQd8y2F

Mohammad Alomran · March 17, 2012

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Artur Sikora · March 15, 2012

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Kelly Ferguson · March 14, 2012

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AIA Europe · March 14, 2012

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Elizabeth Waters · March 14, 2012

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Dave Sharma ?? · March 14, 2012

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JustFine DesignBuild · March 14, 2012

Dream trip: Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre. http://t.co/aI4zCGup

Jamie Graham · March 14, 2012

This might be the most breathtaking space I&#39ve ever seen: http://t.co/2InCFFym

egiannou · March 14, 2012

When nature&#39s beauty meets inspirational & functional design!! http://t.co/Yfls8fRH via @archdaily

Thomas A. Allen · March 14, 2012

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McGahon Architects · March 14, 2012

Love the way the sculptural timber forms are contained by the geometric steel box... http://t.co/t6ZSdEfY

CC · March 13, 2012

I think this project shows a shift in the way in which parametrics can potentially be used in the future and moving away from the standard gehry or zaha (which is really the "blobitecture") in a way that is maximising the benefits of using timber and exploiting and understanding materials in ways that have not been done before. Zaha uses materials as an after thought to a complex form.

PON · March 13, 2012

I don`t like to see any building in this nature area...

Asbjørn Syverhuset · March 14, 2012 12:43 PM

It's not exactly virgin nature. It's a former mining and military camp. When you look out the window you see a large mountain, but in front of that is a large plain where cluster bombs were dropped. When I visited robots where cleaning it up (too dangerous to walk there because of undetonated explosives).

M Loe · March 12, 2012

trap me in this box ! http://t.co/3nXU2YC7 @ArchDaily

Ana Ruiz Dominguez · March 11, 2012

building of the year 2011!! http://t.co/vowmTIxc vía @archdaily

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McGregor Bowes · March 09, 2012

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anna perrella · March 08, 2012

Stunning pavilion, elegant and raw: Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta
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Colin Cady · March 06, 2012

RT @Andy8Degrees http://t.co/9syl3NEe
YES PLEASE!

Dongwoo Yim · February 28, 2012

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Elaine liu · February 25, 2012

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Michael Brooks · February 25, 2012

A stunning example of understanding a building&#39s context #BuildingOfTheYear http://t.co/LrjXFwIU

Second Story · January 06, 2012

Reindeer gazing, Norwegian vistas, organic wooden forms, and an awesome fireplace. This pavilion has it all. http://t.co/hnxQFpRB

?? ?? ?? · December 29, 2011

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arch-daily-old · December 24, 2011

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Matthew Blaikie · December 16, 2011

Mesmerised by The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion! Stunning design, landscape & photography. http://t.co/i5EbX5nY @sebmysko

Simon D Wood · December 08, 2011

The £500,000 Norwegian wildlife hide:
http://t.co/CD7uqGOR

Joan Gotsens · December 06, 2011

Norwegian Reindeer Observatory. Pretty awesome huh? http://t.co/sFGBPvSW #architecture #design

lauren.marie · November 29, 2011

Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta http://t.co/meguoVGh via @archdaily So awesome!

lauren.marie · November 29, 2011

This is so awesome: http://t.co/bAE9umFE

Sztuka Smaku · November 28, 2011

Rewelacyjne :) http://t.co/UMGyzecH

klermor · November 20, 2011

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion is located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park http://t.co/ndnXC7Vu

Kiva Kuva · November 20, 2011

Prachtig stukje hout! http://t.co/stIXtjwK

Pedro D. Munoz Jr. · November 20, 2011

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Ahmad Ktaech · November 19, 2011

The stunning observation pavilion for the Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programmes | http://t.co/qbJdx45m

jonnymedia · November 19, 2011

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Blair Porter · November 19, 2011

Another great small project by Snohetta http://t.co/6YPWKzPt
#architecture

Create Engineering · November 15, 2011

RT @block9architect: We like this project too! One for on Arthur&#39s Seat required? http://t.co/ln3CKbBn

Ladieda · November 14, 2011
catch_down · November 13, 2011

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Sandy Anderson · November 12, 2011

Another great small project by Snohetta http://t.co/6YPWKzPt
#architecture

Preben Nesheim · November 12, 2011

@lkalms I want to live in this thing! http://t.co/tcMyoU3H

Rocky Slater · November 09, 2011

I am completely in love with this building!! Always a super Snøhetta fan- check out: Tverrfjellhytta http://t.co/Ce8HYcZQ via @archdaily

Sam? · November 08, 2011

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Mariana · November 08, 2011

The wood work is fabulous but I wonder how long will the wood bear that form...

Murat Parlak · November 07, 2011

Snøhetta yav, Snøhetta... http://t.co/TpHBIVKj

Ufficio Arquitetura · November 06, 2011

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Asbjørn · November 06, 2011

As a shape it is a beautiful piece of art: the steel construction is right, but as a wood construction it didn´t charm me. Snøhetta have had a boat building company cut the shape in a CNC machine. It didn´t strike me as the right way to do it. Instead it strengthened my view that more and more architects are getting better at making complex, beautiful shapes in a computer, but less familiar with the way material works and the way they are made into a construction. It´s blobitecture.

Visually, this piece is is stunning, and the building offered a stunning frame, to the Snøhetta mountain. However I felt the tectonics of the wood construction was completely wrong, and when adding how the exposed wood will suffer from this construction in only a few seasons, I felt that the concept of 'firmitas' has been ignored.

Martina Hennessy · November 06, 2011

Spektakularno! http://t.co/Yy4uygnD #architecture

Nebojsa Ugljesic · November 06, 2011

Spektakularno! http://t.co/Yy4uygnD #architecture

Glen Read · November 05, 2011

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kristine grava · November 05, 2011
AIA Europe · November 04, 2011

RT @campmobile @shop_teacher: What architecture should be. #Snohetta rocks (or woods, in this case) http://t.co/BdA8Yjrf via @archdaily

Anne Mager · November 04, 2011

Un refuge norvégien... Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta http://t.co/wLbrRFII

Koji Opira · November 04, 2011

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Jose Pico · November 04, 2011

La belleza de un pabellon noruego para observar un la belleza.Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta http://t.co/j1YvUWXQ

Teresa Desvet · November 04, 2011
Ahti Kooskora · November 04, 2011

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Patrick Miner · November 04, 2011

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silnys · November 04, 2011

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Carl Ydergård · November 04, 2011

http://t.co/8bwf9bBY #architecture #norway

John Girouard · November 04, 2011

an absolutely stunning observation centre by the Norwegian firm who are bringing their talents to Ryerson U&#39s new... http://t.co/aCU32O27

Spleen magazine · November 04, 2011

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Nuno · November 03, 2011

Sublime!! Congratulations!

Paul · November 03, 2011

Snohetta cannot fail, I have literally never seen a project by them I was not totally entranced by.

luo wanmei · November 03, 2011

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Alina Ehrenzweig · November 03, 2011

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stefan van der Ende · November 03, 2011

As a sculptor I say , absolutely beautifull and a very strong statement in this amazing landscape . briljant .

Natalie_Cast · November 03, 2011

Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta http://t.co/gLX8kV8i #architecture

marc · November 03, 2011

This is the most beautiful piece of architecture I have ever seen!!!!! It's majestic and so spiritual! Thank you Snohetta!

Barry · November 04, 2011 07:40 AM

Agreed. Wow!

Dáve Kwon · November 03, 2011

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Randy · November 03, 2011

Poetry in wood!

Saúl Torres · November 03, 2011

Estos esta ¡Increíble! El manejo de la madera con el paisaje. (Y)Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta | ArchDaily http://t.co/dFvKRsSe via @archdaily

Xavier Ros Majo · November 03, 2011

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion / Snøhetta #arquitectura http://t.co/M8w3zhmp

Jared E Wright · November 03, 2011

Uh, WOW! #architecture Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta http://t.co/KMuChgsC

JP Trépanier · November 03, 2011

Reindeer Centre Pavillon; Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta http://t.co/RcDjqNsV

Burak Daylan · November 03, 2011

Fazla masif ah?ap sarf?n? sevmem ama tasar?m güzel... Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta | ArchDaily http://t.co/cY9dLOdu

nora belobrk · November 03, 2011

Magnifique! #architecture http://t.co/R3h93ChL

Katie D · November 03, 2011

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rob.i · November 03, 2011

this little box... so powerful!

re_novate · November 03, 2011 03:06 PM

it's not a box. it's out of box!

MikeBond · November 03, 2011

Never seen wood crafted so organically before. It is almost liquid...Beautiful...
Imo, most of Hadid's works are just random shapes, misplaced and cold. Form for the sake of form.
But this...this work radiates warmth even from pictures...authors took the use of wood in architecture to another level. And just look how it speaks with the landscape! It is totally there, harmoniously relating with the surrounding nature. Right place, right architecture.
Stung project! Wish, one day I could create something as beautiful, as this peace of art.

Khatchatour · November 03, 2011 10:25 PM

Couldn't agree more. Hadid and Gehry should look at this project very closely, for here is an example of non-Euclidian geometry that is poetic, that is organic to the artistic intent, that is a means to an end.
Gehry's and Hadid's handiwork - architecture as a pursuit of the interesting and the unusual - is a dead end: in today's world the novelty factor's half life is ten seconds...

Tati · November 03, 2011

finally, Zaha is trapped

martin · November 03, 2011

Extraordinary beautiful.. one of the few projects that show the potential of digital techniques in architecture.

Inspiring!

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