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Fosseslynga, Eidfjord, Norway

Wednesday 07 Sep 2011

Chasing waterfalls...

Code: arkitektur as 
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16/07/12 Dave, Sydney
Lovely idea but this is not Urban Design!!! This is a landscape architecture or architectural project. If you are going to award people with prizes for Urban design please research what urban design actually represents and what constitutes an Urban design project.

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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


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