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Reststop Akkarvikodden / Manthey Kula Architects

  • 01:00 - 13 March, 2012
Reststop Akkarvikodden / Manthey Kula Architects
Reststop Akkarvikodden / Manthey Kula Architects, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol Reststop Akkarvikodden / Manthey Kula Architects © Paul Warchol +11

From the architect. The project is situated in Lofoten, along one of the National Tourist Routes in Norway. There are eighteen such routes in Norway, all chosen for their spectacular and characteristic landscape. The facilities for the tourists that drive along these roads; such as rest stops, viewing platforms and links to local points of interest are carried out by architects and landscape architects with the purpose of offering an experience of both nature and design. By now 6 routes already have Tourist Routes status and 12 more are in the planning. The project will be finished by 2016.

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

The Roadside Toilet Facility at Akkarvikodden is built in connection with existing rest stop designed by landscape architect Inge Dahlmann/Landskapsfabrikken. The commission given to Manthey Kula was to design a toilet facility that could replace an existing structure that had been lifted off its foundations by the strong winds from the Atlantic Ocean.

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plan

Lofoten is located at the 67th and 68th parallels north of the Arctic Circle in North Norway. The site for the project is extraordinary. The road runs on a narrow plateau between the mountains and the sea. Were the rest stop is the plateau widens out and one experience entering a space between the mountains from where the view to the horizon is very powerful.

working model
working model

The design had two aims. One was to make the small building very heavy so it would not be lifted off ground. The other was to make interiors that shut the scenery out. The first objective was of course very pragmatic, a direct response to the history of the building’s predecessor. The other objective was more obscure. The experience of the place, mountains and sea and the ever-present coastal climate is very intense. The restrooms were conceived to present a pause from the impressions of the surrounding nature, offering an experience of different sensuous qualities.

The rest room is open only during summer season thus the building did not have to be insulated. Initially it was planned in concrete. However, after having checked the work of some local mechanical industries the designed changed to a body of welded plates. The structure of the small building is not unlike the structure of a ship: welded steel plates locally reinforced with steel flanges – every part specially designed for its specific use.

© Steinar Skaar
© Steinar Skaar

The foundation and the two walls that supports the stainless steel sanitary equipment are cast concrete. Glass panes are 12 and 20mm thick. Doors are built in 5 mm stainless steel plates. Walls and roof are made of 10mm corteen steel.

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section

To prevent rust from discoloring the clothes of the visitors parts of the walls are lined with glass panels. In the smallest rest room one glass panel is mounted in the ceiling. In this panel one can see the reflection of the horizon.

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Reststop Akkarvikodden / Manthey Kula Architects" 13 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/216077/reststop-akkarvikodden-manthey-kula-architects/>
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34 Comments

Amelia Cazorla · April 23, 2012

Acero y naturaleza, en un espectacular refugio de montaña en Noruega ¡Heavy! #arquitectura http://t.co/s7wxpiul

Hakan Tuzun Sengun · March 17, 2012

Manthey Kula Architects ! http://t.co/hhiV9mzU #architecture

Nicholas Patten · March 16, 2012

Reststop Akkarvikodden. http://t.co/XhLCHtFg

Dina Ariani S. · March 15, 2012

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Eun ji, Byun · March 15, 2012
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Jeff Smith · March 14, 2012

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TH · March 14, 2012

P.S. - as to the sewage I would guess that there's just a reservoir that is emptied regularly during the summer.

TH · March 14, 2012

Great, that makes 2 of us!

Nikola · March 14, 2012

In a few years when I'll visit this restroom because I like it (I'm not cynical, I really like it), I hope the smell wont be that strong so I could approach it, to take photo.

PS: where does the sewage goes? Its a national park. Or that is not a subject for sustainability of architecture...

Andrew · March 24, 2012 07:21 AM

It's not in any national park...

Lauri · March 14, 2012

I wonder why is archdaily showcasing only this weird restroom with very heavy steel doors, which is only part of the area.
The actual rest area (which this toilet is part of) is also very attractive design.

TH · March 14, 2012

So, Nikola, for you, the difference between architecture and sculpture is just regulation?

mhash · March 14, 2012

It may be a touch overwrought. Seems like it would have been more successful had it been made as originally intended…out of concrete. It also seems a bit grand given its purpose. If the intent was to provide a contemplative space than the utilization of natural light may have manifested itself differently than large picture windows that are not meant to be looked out of. Either way…nice project.

h.a. · March 14, 2012

wow! all these comments sound pretty cynical to me. It is a fantastic piece of architecture in the landscape. Does that count? plus I don´t see what is not functional in this project

Sissil Gromholt · March 14, 2012

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LZ · March 14, 2012

I'll rather piss outdoors, than in this "I have connection in the community administration to make me famous architect".
Shame for the nature.

Nikola · March 14, 2012

Then, why don't they become sculptors, if they don't want to mess with regulations and hygiene.

TH · March 14, 2012

are you saying this represents a potential health risk? someone might die? maybe the architects did THINK about those questions, instead of acritically accepting all the regulations... you know, one day, in a not so distant future, you will say 'i want to build a house' and one second after you say it there's nothing more you can do or dream about. all is taken and conformed by codes and rules... this will be the day the word 'house' represents nothing but an aglomerate of rules and bureaucracies. it will be a sad day. even so, some may like it: everything will be much more legal and hygienic...!

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Nikola · March 14, 2012

In any toilette surface materials have to be resistant on, HCl, Cl, or other chemicals. Here I see exposed concrete and steel with rust. Despite the most important, the form, have these architects ever thought about hygiene?

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