Norway's Tungestølen cabins offered views of one of the world’s most breathtaking alpine landscapes, however they were devastated by a Hurricane in 2011. Fortunately, Snøhetta has unveiled plans to replace those lost cabins to help reconnect locals and visitors with the mountainous landscape of the Skyttarbudalen Valley. Snøhetta’s new Tungestølen project comprises a cluster of cabins set on a plateau that draw inspiration from the surrounding mountains.
Snøhetta beat out over 60 other firms in Norwegian Trekking Association’s competition to rebuild Tungestølen, which had offered shelter and panoramic views to hikers for over a century. “The result is incredibly good. The architects have managed to think both unconventionally and traditionally, and I’m sure this will be a beacon for NTA,” said Anne Mari Aamelfot Hjelle, jury chairman of the Norwegian Trekking Association. Envisioned as a “visual interpretation of the surroundings,” the cluster of cabins is clad in wood and arranged in a slight spiral formation with increasing roof heights.
The highest point of the plateau will be used as an outdoor courtyard that’s flanked on three sides by large cabins. Smaller cabins will be dispersed on the lower elevations. The angular facades and walkways protect hikers from the elements without compromising views. “Both, materiality and design are related to the site’s context and the desire to offer an architecture that provides a distinct identity—engaging and involving visitors,” wrote the architects. The project is expected to open in 2017.
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