Troll Wall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

The jagged glass edges of this restaurant by Norwegian studio Reiulf Ramstad Architects point up towards a sheer cliff face.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Named the Troll Wall Restaurant, the building is located at the foot of the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, in Norway’s Romsdal Valley.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Full-height glazing gives diners a view of the landscape, behind a criss-crossing pattern of structural beams.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Charred timber clads the elevations at the rear of the building, where additional rooms provide a local service and information centre.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Reiulf Ramstad Architects also completed a timber-clad nursery in Oslo this year - see our earlier story here.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Photography is by the architects.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Here's some more text from Reiulf Ramstad Architects:


Trollwall Restaurant

It’s a new cursor at the foot of the Troll Wall; The architecture of the new visitors`center next to E139 is an outcome of the sites` close connection to the impressive mountain wall, Europe's tallest vertical, overhanging rock face in The Romsdal Valley.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

The Romsdal valley has some of the tallest, sheerest cliffs in Europe and is a popular place for BASE jumping including "birdmen" jumping off cliffs in Wingsuits!

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

This location allows for an exciting setting for the new service- and information center.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

RRAs proposal is carefully planned in relation to the Troll Wall.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

At the same time it is building a character and identity which in itself will be an attraction in the region.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

The building has a simple, though flexible plan, with a characteristic roof that has its character from the majestetic surrounding landscape.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Geometry of the roof is also generated from the view to the mountains from the restaurant inside the building.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

These simple ways of design gives the building its character and identity that makes the Service center an eye-catcher and an architectural attraction in the region.

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Reiulf Ramstad Architects: Reiulf Ramstad, Sunniva Neuenkirchen Rosenberg and Espen Surnevik
Location: Trollveggen, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Program: New restaurant and service building
Client: Private

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Size: 700m2
Commission type: 1st price, Invited competition (2009)

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Status: Under construction
Year: Completed summer 2011

Trollwall Restaurant by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

  • Kurshed alam

    Its realy touch with nature..

  • nicey

    excessive gratuitous geometry

  • H-J

    That would also make a beautiful church…

  • moon

    I'm not shore. Miss the drama and earthly feeling of the granite mountains. But that can be coursed by the one-sided photography. The drawings are interesting.

  • jazzy

    good project. poor photography…

  • Chris

    That door is awful!

    • Pod

      It truly ruins what is a beautiful building.

  • http://www.justinteriors.net Calligaris

    The aesthetic of the building mirrors its mountainous surroundings, beautiful design. I bet with just the right amount of sunlight at the correct angle, the entire building can appear to blend right in with the mountain range.

  • http://www.eurocell.co.uk/ George Pepper

    I like how they have tried to make the exterior complement the building's surroundings. The way that the mountains reflect off of the glass is great. However, I'm not as keen on the interior. Not very welcoming for a restaurant…

  • http://www.lordsofnottinghill.co.uk Peter Nott

    I love the location, the way they have designed the restaurant building to represent the rockiness of the opposing mountain is great, however all those steel criss crossed bars in front of those huge glorious windows ruin it. It blocks the view for the diners and I have to agree with the above comments that the interior of the restaurant looks like a school cafeteria, compared to the amazing architecture of the building.

  • Miichael

    Back after a long hiatus.

    The simplicity in the design comes from the overwhelmingly easy to read design. The designers made it clear, that the views were the generator for the design. The wall of glass acts beautifully to relfect views externally as well, and they add to the sense of dangerous heights.

    This is where the cleverness ends. How does a massive wall of glass deal with the low temperatures in such a northern climate? I don't see a clever solution internally, I see a mess of columns. The random placement of columns then obscure full views, which is the pupose of a massive viewing wall. They don't seem to relate to anything and become a kind of gimmick.

    When I hear things like "open floorplan" meant for using a variety of programs, I typically means they didn't want to work on an interior solution. I can think of a dozen, more fitting interior designs that could allow for flexible programing, would be far more hospitable and feel cohesize with the context. Can you imagine a massive fireplace, radiating heat back toward you off the glass as you gaze at a geological marvel?

    This design has left me cold.

  • http://www.vimarch.com LOW

    Fjordelicious

  • http://www.ferrettidesigns.com Steve

    Dramatic architecture but does it complement or compete with the setting? It's hard to tell in the photographs since the building is the focal point. The geometry of the building is very aggressive and becomes a landmark of its own. I'll assume that the mountain dwarfs the building appropriately.

  • tony

    Wow!! You can say what you like about the form and location but the details and finishes on this project are impeccable…

  • Paulette

    Looks like a highly efficient bird killer.

  • kle

    Norvegian architecture:
    Glass
    Mountain shapes…
    I wonder how does this extensive use of glass influence the energy consumption and thermo-isolation.

  • http://www.rjcjh.co.uk Joseph_Holder

    The reflection of the opposite mountain range looks splendid in the first photograph, considering the interior shots seem to show the glazed façade as a busy structural composition the exterior shots looking inside has an acceptable fractured structural elegance.

  • Pierre Sinsua

    as much as i love the style…i think it misses slightly on ambience…killer car showroom for sure

  • http://www.mpnwindows.com Joe Jackson

    Amazing style. It must be great to eat a meal in there with the large windows to gaze out at the views.