Location: Hjerkinn, Dovre Municipality, Norway
Area: 968 sq ft
Photographs by: diephotodesigner.de, Ketil Jacobsen
Tverrfjellhytta by Snøhetta
Dovre is the proud home of a recently completed wild reindeer center pavilion by an Oslo-base architecture studio Snøhetta.
The observation pavilion is located within the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park in Norway.
Almost 4000 feet above sea level, this structure provides visitors with panoramic vistas of the prominent mountain range.
From the architects: “The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion is located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, overlooking the mountain Snøhetta. The 90 m2 building is open to the public and serves as an observation pavilion for the Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programmes. A 1.5 km hiking trail leads visitors to this spectacular site overlooking the Dovrefjell mountains.”
From the architects: “The Dovrefjell mountain range forms a barrier between the northern and southern parts of Norway. It holds a unique place in Norwegian consciousness through a wide range of tales and myths connected to the mountains, and has a long history of travelers, hunting, mining, and military activities has left its mark on this landscape.”
From the architects: “The building design is based on a contrast between ideas – a rigid outer shell and a soft, organic inner core. The wooden core is shaped like rock or ice that has been eroded by natural forces like wind and running water, and is placed within a rectangular frame of raw steel and glass.”