Selvika / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 10.0 sqm
Photographs: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The initial approach was to single out and magnify the experience of walking from the roadside down to the seaside at this very special place. Therefore a main concern was to slow down this movement and make the path itself a means of refocusing the experiential mode: a measured, restrained approach that creates awareness.

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The monolithic structure in concrete is developed with a clear geometric strategy based on a study of organic circular organisms. The project contains a series of various functions such as parking, bike shed, public toilets, benches, open kitchen and fireplace.

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Furthermore a functional concern has been on universal accessibility. Instead of opting for a dual solution with staircase and ramp, we came up with the notion of making the ramp the common entryway and develop it into the integral character of the project. Because of the inclination of the site, and in order to create the reductive motion, the ramp had to be very long. The winding river of the path prolongs the approach and in so doing opens up new perspectives and experiences for the visitor.

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Located in the extreme north of Norway, in a landscape almost lunar in its barren and inhospitable beauty, the facility should ideally be completely self-sustainable in terms of power input and waste output. The general notion was to create a human detail in the vastness of the landscape that is as timeless as the landscape itself and that brings attention to the relationship between the duration of experiences and the hugeness of the spatial circumstance. 

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Cite: "Selvika / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter" 05 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Ameen

    I would love it if it was made by natural elements found in the site.

    • H-J

      They could’ve indeed build it out of tarmac if that is what you mean…

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  • Dennis Moss Jnr

    it’s a very interesting concept… but i’m sure many people will simply walk down the slope. it’s hardly steep.

    • Karen Hoopengardner

      My comment seems to be missing, so to restate my comment and 1st. of all I did comment on fb before I noticed the link that brought me here to join up. The 1st. thing I noticed , and that it reminded me of was the spherical, long journey of reflection . built by hindu’s and in direction to many doorways in China. Their belief is this journey for reflection, of course it does go far back in their history and lineage, but yours is so simular. Just a word for some comments here, as and more on facebook; How can any person criticize art? Ex. again, two people who read one poem never interpret it the same but if they are any type of artist ,well there should not be a place to criticize

  • Karen Hoopengardner

    I did comment on fb because I did not noticed the link to read your story and continue to this point. Now I am a new member thanks to your innovation of this beautiful place. I did write about how I saw the walk way you created. I studied all about Hinduisma as well as China so my comment included how I thougth it reminded me of their circular and long entrances to places that as they made their journey it was the time, and walk to reflect. I did not notice you wrote that on this page, so with now reading your notes on here, well I love it even more. I do not believe art is anything that can be critized. At least it cannot be critized by another artist. We all interpret art a different way. We all should, just as a poem. I already wrote this on your page of fb so it there for anyone to read. Hopefully so others understand as well. Amazing and I am looking forward to now seeing more of your designs and creations on here.