The Rindebotn and the Røldal cabins, as well as the Split View Mountain Lodge, all deal with uneven terrains. The Rindebotn Cabin surprises with its volumes and space use. The three main wings adapt to the natural fall of the terrain, which creates the impression of several levels.
The Røldal vacation home is split between a small cabin and an annex. Inspired by medieval church design, the strong geometrical shape emphasizes the views of the forest and the hillside. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Split View Mountain Lodge offer unlimited views of the mountains, while allowing the light to easily fill the rooms.
All three projects were carefully planned to avoid damaging the land. With their integration into the surrounding landscape and their use of natural materials, they could almost go unnoticed to the untrained eye.
This mindful approach is also what helped them win the design of the Ullernåsen Metro Station competition. The City of Oslo was looking for something that would reflect its identity as a city built between forest and fjord, while remaining modern, effective and environmentally conscious. Reiulf Ramstad Architects answered, as always, with a stripped-down structure that never disturbs its surroundings, but instead magnifies its assets.
In 2012, Reiulf Ramstad Architects participated in a Danish campaign Steder i Landskabet, or Places in the Landscape, celebrating 10 unique places in the local landscape. The Norwegian firm partnered with LETH & GORI for an elegant and striking result. Three sculptural objects, made entirely of steel, emphasize the history of the site.
Clean transitions between planned zones and the natural landscape are also an important part of the design for the Trollstigen Visitor Center. The architects play here with the ideas of static rock and dynamic water in its various forms: snow, liquid or fog. Designed in collaboration with Multiconsult 13.3 landscaping, the center enhances the visitor’s experience thanks to its design. Inside, a large communal fireplace is a central focal point, and a series of ramps and angled walls parallel the outer form and the contour of the surrounding mountains.
The bold, unconventional shape of the Norwegian Mountaineering Center juts up from the misty landscape of Møre og Romsdal, Norway — but somehow, it looks perfectly at home. The exterior is clad in a mix of brown and white squares that pull colors from the surrounding landscape. The geometric design is carried through on the interior of the building, which houses a cafe, reading room, climbing gym and more. In a world saturated with visual stimulation, Reiulf Ramstad brings soothing design that enhances without distracting.
Written by Kamila Beyssembaeva
Headline image of the Trollstigen platform by Diephotodesigner.de
All images courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Architects