Tourist routes through Norway’s dramatic countryside are very popular. In the last couple of years some impressive architectural projects along these routes – view points, platforms and rest areas, commissioned by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration – received a lot of attention. The investment in the development of 18 road sections into tourist routes passing through the unique Norwegian natural landscape, shall contribute to strengthening trade and industry as well as settlement, particularly in the outer regions of Norway. The various enhancement sites have been designed by a series of Norwegian and international architects, landscape architects and designers. One beautiful example is the Tourist Route Trollstigen designed by the Norwegian Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.
Here is what the architects say:
The project will enhance the experience of the Trollstigen plateau’s location and nature. Thoughtfulness regarding features and materials will underscore the site’s temper and character, and well-adapted, functional facilities will augment the visitor’s experience. The architecture is to be characterised by clear and precise transitions between planned zones and the natural landscape. Through the notion of water as a dynamic element –from snow, to running and then falling water- and rock as a static element, the project creates a series of prepositional relations that describe and magnify the unique spatiality of the site.