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Seljord Watch Tower / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

  • 01:00 - 2 March, 2012
Seljord Watch Tower / Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Seljord Watch Tower / Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Dag Jenssen 
© Dag Jenssen 

© Dag Jenssen  © Dag Jenssen  © Dag Jenssen  © Dag Jenssen  +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bjørgeøyan, Seljord, Norway
  • Project Architects

    Vibeke Jenssen, Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala and Kaori
  • Project Management

    Harriet Slaaen
  • Curator

    Springer kulturstudio, Gunn-Marit Christenson Watanabe
  • Landscape Architect

    Feste Grenland, Tone Telnes, Jan Feste and Jarle Svendsen
  • Engineering

    Sweco Norge, Nils Petter Due and Geir Sageien
  • Client

    Municipality of Seljord
  • Photographs

From the architect. The myth about a sea serpent in the lake of Seljord has become an integral part of how the local people of Telemark conceive its majestic landscape. Tales about mysterious phenomena in the lake have flourished for centuries and are a natural part of the daily life in the area.

© Dag Jenssen 
© Dag Jenssen 

In 2008, the municipality of Seljord decided to use this mythical feature as a point of departure for a development programme for the area. Together with the curators Springer kulturstudio, they commissioned Rintala Eggertsson Architects to design different lookout points around the laketo ease the access for local population and visitors to experience the lake at some important places. The assignment was divided into two parts; first to design three small installations in the mid- and southeast section of the lake and then to design a main viewpoint in the southwest end of the lake, close to the small town of Seljord.

© Dag Jenssen 
© Dag Jenssen 

The first part was organized as a building workshop with art- and architecture students and teachers from NuovaAccademia di Belle Arte and Politecnico in Milan and scenography students from the Norwegian Theatre Academy under our leadership. The whole workshop was thematically focused on the issue of anchoring man-made installations to characteristic features in the landscape without dominating them. The three installations are presented on our website under the title “Into the Landscape”.

© Dag Jenssen 
© Dag Jenssen 

In this second part we found ourselves dealing with anchoring again, not only because of the stunning beauty of the chosen site, but also due to the framework of the task which was all about mediating natural phenomena to a larger public. This time we were faced with a site with two pine trees with large canopies creating a natural place for rest and recreation.

© Dag Jenssen 
© Dag Jenssen 

This became the landscape feature on which it felt natural to anchor. As the room programme listed a viewing platform and a small shelter for exhibitions, we decided to divide it in two and place the two functions on each side of the trees, with a connecting deck in-between. The viewing platform was then given the form of a tower with a main space at the top overlooking the lake and two smaller spaces on the way to the top, one facing a nearby bird nesting area and the other one facing the crown of the two big pine trees. The platform was then given a connection to the nearby parking area with a narrow walkway designed by the collaborating landscape architects FesteGrenland.

© Dag Jenssen 
© Dag Jenssen 

With this organization one was able to establish a final destination by the lake with a distance from the town and the parking area which gave the visitor an experience of the landscape before arrival. A preparation for the visitor makes the meeting with the waterfront less abrupt; it gives the visitors a broader perception of the surroundings and allows for a travel onwards into a more personal landscape and into the myths around the serpent of the Seljord lake. The viewpoint becomes thus not the final destination, just a resting point between the landscapes of the known and the unknown.

© Dag Jenssen 
© Dag Jenssen 
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Seljord Watch Tower / Rintala Eggertsson Architects" 02 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/212966/seljord-watch-tower-rintala-eggertsson-architects/>
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tasmaniandevil · June 14, 2016

Lookout - Tasmania has just got a similar one.

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Strang Architecture · March 04, 2012

I&#39d love to hike around here! Watch tower in Norway http://t.co/L5Gxb4N2

desa · March 03, 2012

nice, but seems utterly pointless when there's points where one can climb to up the hill to observe the very same lake in full 180 panorama when you are confined to a framed view in this tower

jason koxvold · March 03, 2012

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