Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter has completed Rabothytta, a hikers' refuge located deep in the majestic Norwegian Okstindan Mountains. The contemporary, but practical design serves as a comfortable retreat from the extreme conditions often found on the mountain's many trails. Due to adverse weather conditions and the remote location many miles from the nearest road, the building process was quite complicated and required ultra-resilient and locally-sourced building materials.
Built to provide shelter to the many hikers that challenge themselves to trek through the beautiful, but harsh mountain trails, Rabothytta is a much welcome site for anyone looking for a quick rest or more likely, anyone looking to escape severe winter storms in the area. The interior layout is fairly compact, but designed to be flexible enough to accommodate a large number of people if necessary. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling windows allow for natural light and incredible lake views, further connecting the structure to its natural surroundings.
The construction of the lodge was no easy feat for the designers or the construction team. Not only was the climate challenging to the building process, but the complicated location meant quite a few logistical hurdles. All materials that were used in the construction had to be lightweight enough to be transported by helicopter, and team members working on the project had to trek to the site on foot, often staying the night during inclement weather.
Using lightweight, but resilient materials will ensure the lodge will stand the test of time in such a volatile location. Specifically, the architects chose locally-sourced kebony wood for the roof due to its durable quality as well as its aesthetic ability to blend the asymmetrical structure into the snow-covered landscape. Architect Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen explains that the “Kebony-clad roof will provide lasting shelter that will mirror the rock surroundings” as it patinas over time due to the drastic weather conditions on the mountain.
Photography by Svein Arne Brygfjeld and Jan Inge Larsen