Buildings in isolated, stark white environments often benefit from an extra bit of life and color. With this in mind, Oslo-based Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter created a truck inspection station that features a bold, modern design and a luscious green roof that blooms when the snow melts. Dubbed the 'Statens Vegvesen', this eye-catching center can be found at the very edge of one of Norway’s untouched national parks in Gullesfjordbotn and it includes a gas station, a cafe, and tourist facilities.
During the winter time, the only feature of the truck inspection station that is visible is the brightly painted orange facade. Measuring 3,315 sq ft, and boasting a green roof for improved insulation, the station is sporadically used and has a capcity to accomodate 3-4 workers at a time. The building is situated at a key junction that connects the mainland to Vesterålen Island, and the designed was the result of an increase in heavy loads being transported.
Made from concrete, glass and recycled aluminium window frames, one side of the station shields the building from the artic winds, while the other lets natural light permeated the interior space. The station is minimal but bright, with exposed pipe works that meander across its concrete walls.
Strong, visible, green and bright, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter’s shelter will stand firmly for many years to come.
Photo © Nils Petter Dale