Snøhetta creates a spiral in the mountains

Nick Myall
Friday 04 Sep 2015

A unique project by Snøhetta sets out to bring people closer to Norway’s mountains

Tungestølen tourist cabins are a collection of buildings that have found their place on a plateau in the Skyttarbudalen valley in the municipality of Luster, Sogn county, Norway.

It is both challenging and exciting to design buildings in such a mountainous location with such wonderful surroundings. The concept for the project ‘Tungestølen’ is based on a visual interpretation of these surroundings. A spiral has been created, generated by the interplay of the existing landscape and the buildings that characterize Tungestølen.

The spiral consists of landscaped paths, fencing against livestock and house walls. Following the buildings' roofs the spiral creates an equal terrain of increasing height. It provides a journey from the gravel road at the bottom of the site to the top rock ledge in the courtyard.

The courtyard is framed by three buildings, standing closely together to create an intimate space in between them. While the view from the cabins is impressive, the yard is more introverted, encouraging dialogue and interaction. The courtyard is a very important part of the tourist association's cabins, creating an extended living room. The courtyard’s shape and extent, along with the heights of the surrounding buildings, are crucial to its success as a common room. The three buildings hosting most guests help to create the courtyard’s shape. The courtyard itself remains located in the highest and most beautiful part of the plateau, just as Tungestølen has been located to last for years. The other buildings making up the project are situated lower down the slopes and are more dispersed.

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