Tomorrow, June 16th, marks the official opening of Reiulf Ramstad Architects‘ National Tourist Route project. Back in 2004, the Norwegian firm placed first in an invited competition to design a viewing platform extending from the Trollstigen mountain plateau and an information center. After eight years spent designing and constructing the vision, an official opening will be hosted by Norway’s Transport and Communications Minister Magnhild Meltveit on the plateau. The national celebration also marks the 75th anniversary of the famous Trollstigvegen (the mountain was renamed as a marketing strategy years ago when tourism activity levels were rising). RRA’s Trollstigen project is just one stop along miles of the Norwegian natural landscape that will promote tourism by bringing people in closer contact with the country’s beautiful backdrop. The route, which runs between Geiranger and Trollstigen, provides rare driving experiences as people pass high mountains and deep fjords, with narrow ledges and small shorelines. By developing this stretch, more will be able to enjoy such an experience. Please view our previous coverage for more on the project which was voted ArchDaily’s Building of the Year for public facilities in 2009.
Composed of works by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, the exhibition, “Transforming Landscapes”, opened at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Gent, Belgium on October 12th and will be up until November 4th. A collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in Brussels/ L’Ambassade Royale de Norvège en Belgique, the event kicks off with a lecture by Reiulf Ramstad followed by the official opening and Vernissage. Known as the largest school for architecture in Belgium, the uniqueness of Sint-Lucas School of Architecture stems from the combination of a long, rich tradition with a high reputation in architectural and design education. A large number of the leading Belgian interior designers, interior architects, architects, urbanists, artists and researchers, teaches at Sint-Lucas. For more information on the exhibition, visit their official website here.
Reiulf Ramstad Architects will be hosting an exhibition that aims to explore the questions of this century that deal with the tension between local and global conditions of the natural and the artificial, between cyberspace and realspace, and between stillness and change. Their ambition is to create a contemporary architecture-based analysis of the site, from which emerges a sensitive interpretation of these conditions, paving the way for architectural design. Based on the uniqueness of each context, RRA hopes to establish a carefully chosen set of materials and spatial distribution characterized by each place and the intervention. Their projects are characterized by forms and innovative tectonic stress of a spatial continuity between exterior and interior landscapes. The exhibition will take place this Friday, April 15, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at La Galerie d’Architecture.
Building of the Year 2009, Public Facilities: National Tourist Route Trollstigen / Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Reiulf Ramstad Architects have high hopes for Norway. The firm has designed a 16-17 storey tall wooden cultural center in Kirkenes, Norway that will surpass the current tallest wooden structure which stands 144 feet tall in Arkhangelsk, Russia. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat hopes their tower will ”serve as a physical symbol of their important role in the High North – a lighthouse of sorts and a beacon of knowledge and development.”
More about the tower after the break.