A modern take on Norway’s snow-capped mountains has risen within the country’s gorgeous Romsdal Fjord. Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter recently completed the Norwegian Mountaineering Center, a massive climbing center in Åndalsnes. The dramatic and jagged building is clad in a gradient of gray, brown, and white shingles as an “innovative interpretation” of the alpine landscape.
Winner of an invited competition from 2009, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Norwegian Mountaineering Center design is a 900-square-meter mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. The building comprises a climbing hall, bouldering spaces, changing rooms, exhibitions, a cafe, library, and administration facilities. The tall climbing wall is sheathed inside the building’s jagged mountain-like form.
“The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering,” write the architects. “This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.” The gray, brown, and white shingles that clad the exterior are arranged in a diamond formation. Diamond-shaped windows also punctuate the facade.
Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, by AndrÇ and SõrenHarder