Code: arkitektur as designs unique viewing platform for Norway's National Tourist Routes
'Fosseslynga' is a competition entry for The National Road Department at Vøringsfossen in Eidfjord, Norway. A national icon and one of the most visited sites as a tourist attraction, it is a key project for the National Tourist Routes. The major goal for the design was to combine scenic infrastructure with the core of the Norwegian landscapes into a spectacular travel experience, powered by architecture.
Vøringsfossen is a national icon on the mountain pass between eastern and western Norway. It has a service centre and 500,000 visitors each year. It is located in Måbødalen, which is a string of valleys stretching from Western Norway's coastline to Hardangervidda, 1,200m above sea level. The project area forms a striking landscape plateau, 600m above sea level, encircled by characteristic mountain faces with the 200-metre-high Vøringsfossen (Vørings Fall) as the central element of the landscape.
The project - 'Fosseslynga' (waterfall sling) - expresses the desire to put visitors in play with the landscape through an elliptic loop, an infrastructural element and a superimposed structure - partly in, on and over the surface - into open space.
The design is formed as a circular ramp which defines the edge of a natural plateau landscape. A 360-degree panoramic view is opened up to the public through continuous maneuvering alternating between trail, path, ramp and bridge.
The project is an iconic outline in the dramatic landscape, a closed connection which spans across the ravine of the valley. In the direction of the roads, maneuvering is done by following a trail system and other infrastructure.
National Tourist Routes website: www.turistveg.no