Reiulf Ramstad Architects' project in the Norwegian mountains provides respectful additions to a stunning landscape
Trollstigen, a small mountain road, is one of the most popular tourist- attractions in Norway, surrounded by majestic mountains. Located on Norway’s west coast, Trollstigen is perched within a dramatic pass between the deep fjords that characterise the region. This panoramic site can only be visited and constructed in summer, due to severe winter weather. Despite - or perhaps because of - the
inaccessible nature of the site, the project entails designing an entire visitor environment ranging from a mountain lodge with restaurant and gallery to flood barriers, water cascades, bridges, and paths to outdoor furniture and pavilions and outlook platforms meant for better
contact with the surrounding nature, viewing of the panoramic scenery and prevent both traffic chaos and spring / autumn flooding.
All of the projects elements are moulded into the landscape so that the visitor’s experience of the place seems even more intimate. The architectural intervention is respectfully delicate, and was conceived as a thin thread that guides visitors from one stunning overlook to
another (hence the RRA competitions motto: Red thread...)
The RRA project will enhance the experience of the Trollstigen plateau’s location and nature. Thoughtfulness regarding features and materials will underscore the site’s temper and character, and well-adapted, functional facilities will augment the visitor’s experience. The architecture is to be characterised by clear and precise transitions between planned zones
and the natural landscape. Through the notion of water as a dynamic element - from snow, to
running and then falling water - and rock as a static element, the project creates a series of prepositional relations that describe and magnify the unique spatiality of the site.
The project 'Trollstigen - National Tourist Route' is on display as part of the travelling exhibition 'Detour: Architecture and Design along 18 tourist Routes in Norway' (a worldwide traveling exhibition).