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A place to stand: National Tourist route projects by Reiulf Ramstad Architects.

resting on the clouds

We are all familiar with that famous statement involving levers, a place to stand and moving the earth. Whilst that might be of interest to mechanics and engineers, Reiulf Ramstad in an incredible feat of rationalisation, has demonstrated that much the same effect can be achieved without the lever. I am of course referring to his work for the Norwegian National Touristroute which has been enhancing key places of spectacular beauty with artful interventions of viewing platforms and other tourist facilities.

So far there are six such projects, some of which are yet to be completed, forming a body of work that seems to explore Norway, its weather, landscapes and perhaps even what it means to be Norwegian! I will have to consult my friend Kristina on that last point, but I can say that I must explore these buildings, and the landscapes in which they are set, in far greater detail.

For the moment that will be through two postings: in this post I have featured the Marina Tomta, the Trollstigen National Tourist Route and the intervention in Djupvasshytta. In the next post I will look at the hair raising Gaularfjell platform, the Rørvikfjell platform and the Tourist route Rv 889 Havoysund. You can also explore the work further at the RIBA in London where it is the subject of an exhibition.

But remember, it is all just a prelude to the road trip across Norway!

edge of mountain

road edge view

view from carpark

view from fijord

view from mountains

view of model

close up of model


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