the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Cultural Architecture
  4. Norway
  5. JVA
  6. 2011
  7. Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA

Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA

  • 00:00 - 11 June, 2012
Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA
Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA, © Håkon Aurlien
© Håkon Aurlien

© Håkon Aurlien © Håkon Aurlien © Håkon Aurlien © Håkon Aurlien + 20

  • Architects

    JVA - Vigsnaes AS Architects MNAL
  • Location

    Gullesfjord, Troms, Norway
  • Design Team

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Kazuhiko Yamada
  • Consultants

    AS Frederiksen, Union Consult BORO VVS og Miljø AS, Malnes og Endresen AS.
  • Client

    Statens Vegvesen, region Nord v/Frits Karlsen
  • Size

    308 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs


© Håkon Aurlien
© Håkon Aurlien

The building is situated at the key point junction between the new mainland to Lofoten connection and Vesterålen Island. There will be a significant increase in heavy load transportation to this region and the need for a truck weight- and control station was present. The project is the first realized step from a feasibility study from 2007 including a gas station, cafe/shop, bus traffic junction and tourist facilities.

© Håkon Aurlien
© Håkon Aurlien

The site is situated at the very edge of one of Norway’s untouched National parks and the main task of the study was to show how to integrate building mass into this fragile landscape. The finished project is partly integrated into the terrain, concealing potential visibility because of necessary gate- and technical height. The station will be sporadically used and dimensioned for 3-4 workers at the time.


The building is outfitted to measure truck weight, accommodating the projected increase in heavy load transportation to the region. Bordered by the untouched landscape of a national park, the structure is defined by a concrete roof surfaced with vegetation to minimize its visual impact and blend into the fragile surroundings.

© Håkon Aurlien
© Håkon Aurlien

Supported with inclined columns, the canopy angled and dips downward to conceal the east-facing glass façade. Minimum clearance for the vehicle heights are maintained at the north and south elevations. The technical spaces and offices will support 3-4 employees.

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Cite: "Gullesfjord Weight Control Station / JVA" 11 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments