The sturdy and cube-like Flotane is a rest stop and bathroom located on the Aurlandsfjellet plateau on a popular tourist route in Norway. Situated at 1,200 meters in the midst of a dramatic and harsh landscape, the toilets are covered by snow for 8 months a year. When summer comes though, tourists frequent the road and the rest stop is a popular starting point for hikes in the area. Designed by Lars Berge of LJB, Flotane is oriented to maximize its sun exposure and is completely powered by solar panels.
The parking area has long served as a departure point for hiking trips and as a rest stop for motorists along the Aurlandsfjellet Route. In 2010, the parking area was updated with service facilities, picnic tables and a more spacious parking surface. The bathroom was designed for low maintenance and high durability to be able to withstand the harsh conditions and huge snow loads during the winter.
The cube is shaped and tilted to gain the most from the sun and provide shelter from the wind. The exterior is a durable concrete shell with an inner wooden core as well as two toilets and a technical area. Solar panels on the south angled facade generate energy from the sun’s rays to power the facility. The bathroom facilities also blend in with the environment and the low profile ensures that views of the landscape are not obscured.
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