The lodges were introduced in Nye Skåpet in West Norway on Aug. 21. Estonian KOKO Architects designed the complex, more than 600 visitors stopped by on opening day.
Andrus Kõresaar, one of the firm’s partners, said that the complex had had a lot of attention ever since the beginning of construction, as the design of the lodges was an entirely new approach to Norway’s long tradition of this kind of shelter for hikers. The new design was exhibited earlier this summer in the King’s garden in Oslo, alongside a traditional lodge.
The lodges have large windows that open the rooms to the spectacular landscape. Every part of the lodges is connected to the surrounding terrain, which much of the architects’ inspiration came from.
The complex of buildings consists of a main house, sleeping huts surrounding it, a shed, and a sauna built over a stream passing over the rocks. The main building accommodates up to 35 hikers, with a kitchen, a common room, and dorm rooms. The layout of the house encourages interaction and cooperation among the hikers staying there.
The outside surface of all the buildings is made of zinc, which will resist the harsh conditions of the Norwegian winter without demanding much maintenance. The interior is dominated by wood, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Owner of the project are the tourist unions of Norway DNT, and the local union in Stavanger, STF. The project took three years to develop and cost roughly €760,000.
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