On the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, some 1,250 meters above sea level and overlooking the Snøhetta mountain massif, the Tverrfjellhytta pavilion is an observatory and information center of the place’s unique wildlife and history. Wild reindeer herds, musk oxen, arctic foxes and a variety of endemic botanical species are part of the history of a place marked by the traces of hunting traditions and military activity, and that is today a tourist destination. The place is mentioned even in the country’s Constitution, where the founding fathers declare themselves to be “faithful and true, until the fall of Dovre!” The pavilion’s design is based on the contrast between the rigid outer shell and the soft organic-shaped inner core. The shell, of raw steel and glass, protects a warm interior shaped like rock or ice that has been eroded by natural forces such as wind and water, built in wood and that serves as shelter for the groups of tourists or students visiting the area and that gather inside to enjoy the spectacular views. The traditional and weatherproof materials contrast with the technologies used in the fabrication processes, like the large scale robot-controlled milling machine based on digital 3D models.
Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation
Architect, Landscape & Interior: Snøhetta
Structural engineer: Dr. Techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, Trond Gundersen. Subcontractor steel: Lonbakken AS. Subcontractor glass: Skandinaviska Glassystem AB
Ketil Jacobsen, Diephotodesigner, Roger Brennhagen