In Veitastrond, a small village belonging to the municipality of Luster, in Norway, one finds these wooden shelters for hikers, a work of Snøhetta, the firm founded by Trædal Thorsen and Craig Dykers. Named Tungestølen, the complex overlooks the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Built to withstand the harsh climate conditions of the mountainous site, including strong winds, it is the replacement of a facility that was ravaged by the cyclone Dagmar in 2011. The result of an international competition held in 2015, the design sought to minimize the environmental and visual impact of buildings at the mercy of nature.
The main volume, with a ceiling rising up to 4.6 meters, is conceived as a welcoming space for socializing, with a mess hall and a stone-clad fireplace. The cabins currently take in a total of 30 people, but the next stage of construction will increase the capacity to 50 as well as include a shelter of the same design as Snøhetta’s Fuglemyrhytta cabin near Oslo.