Trollstigen Tourist Route Project
by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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Zig-zagging pathways lead to viewing platforms perched high in the Norwegian mountains in this visitor facility designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects (+ slideshow).

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Above: photograph is by diephotodesigner

An angled concrete block at the entrance to the site contains waterside restaurant and gallery, while Corten steel pavilions are set in the ground alongside.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Above: photograph is by diephotodesigner

From here a footpath crosses the mountain river and leads to the lookout points, which are made of concrete, steel and glass.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

The facility, which opened last month, is one of five architectural projects along the Geiranger-Trollstigen tourist route, a 66-mile scenic road across the Trollstigen Mountain Plateau in western Norway.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Trollstigen - or "troll's ladder" - is regarded as one of Norway's most spectacularly beautiful areas and the tourist route across it is one of the country's most popular attractions.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

At the foot of the wall is a jagged glass restaurant, which Reiulf Ramstad Architects completed last summer.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Above: photograph is by diephotodesigner

See also our recent story about the architects' beachside walkway on the Havøysund trail, which is another of the 18 national tourist routes in Norway.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Stops on some of the other tourist routes that we've written about include public toilets in a rusty steel cabin and a memorial commemorating suspected witches.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

See all our stories about the Norwegian National Tourist Routes »

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Photography is by the architects, apart from where otherwise stated.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Here's some text from Reiulf Ramstad Architects:


Trollstigen National Tourist Route Project

Located on Norway’s west coast, Trollstigen is perched within a dramatic pass between the deep fjords that characterize the region.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

This panoramic site can only be visited and constructed in summer, due to severe winter weather.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Despite—or perhaps because of—the inaccessible nature of the site, the project entails designing an entire visitor environment ranging from a mountain lodge with restaurant and gallery to flood barriers, water cascades, bridges, and paths to outdoor furniture and pavilions and platforms meant for viewing the scenery.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

All of these elements are molded into the landscape so that the visitor’s experience of place seems even more intimate.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

The architectural intervention is respectfully delicate, and was conceived as a thin thread that guides visitors from one stunning overlook to another.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

The RRA project will enhance the experience of the Trollstigen plateau’s location and nature.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Thoughtfulness regarding features and materials will underscore the site’s temper and character, and well-adapted, functional facilities will augment the visitor’s experience.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Above: photograph is by diephotodesigner

The architecture is to be characterised by clear and precise transitions between planned zones and the natural landscape.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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.

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Location: Romsdalen - Geiranger Fjord, Norway
Program: National tourist routes project
Client: The Norwegian public roads administration
Commision type: Invited Competition 1st prize in cooperation with Multiconsult 13.3 landscaping (2004)

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Oslo Norway (RRA)
Reiulf Ramstad, Christian Skram Fuglset, Espen Surnevik, Anja Strandskogen, Nok Nimakorn,
Atle Leira, (Christian Dahle, Lasse Halvorsen, Helge Lunder, Karen Selmer, Tia Ginard Adover)

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Civil Engineer: Structural Engineer: Dr Techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, Oslo Norway
Design year: 2004-2011
Construction year: 2005-2012/ Official Opening 2012

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Building area: 800 m2 (Mountain Lodge with restaurant and gallery), 950 m2 (Flood Barrier House)
Site: Building Site 600,000 m2
Time to build: 6 years
Type of construction: Corten steel and poured-in-place concrete

Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

  • johnny

    Everything about this project is wonderful. I normally dont like the use of corten steel, but when used right is is beautiful, the colours work so well with the landscape. Lovely.

  • Philippe

    Really nice project. The site is amazing and gorgeous.

  • http://gavinckirby.me/ Gavin.C.Kirby

    It’s quite the challenge, achieving a harmonious architectural balance. One that neither imposes itself to the detriment of its environment, or that defers so entirely to its landscape as to appear inconsequential.

    Yet here, the architecture defers entirely to the landscape, and yet isn’t inconsequential. It would’ve been so easy to have constructed something that was so intrusive, so ill considered, so unsympathetic that it tamed, or indeed sanitised its environment.

    The dramatic environment tempers the angular man-made aesthetic and the resultant effect is startling, and surprisingly organic.

    And it is that intersection, that makes this project all the more remarkable. A quite immense achievement, beautifully realised.

  • http://architectureplus.co.nz stuart Gardyne

    We came across this wonderful project in June 2011. Extraordinary landscape and confident architecture. Well done Reiulf and your team. Credit also to the Norwegian Roads Administration for the National Tourist Routes project. Just along the road is the Gudbrandsjuvet by Jensen & Skodvin which was another enjoyable find.

  • itch

    Well conceived showcasing of the best in installations, architecture, artistry, nature … an all-in experience. Looks awesome. A grand tour indeed. Definitely on my need to visit list.

  • http://twitter.com/brianwjones @brianwjones

    I had the pleasure of experiencing this last fall before the visitor center had been completed. It truly is one of the most breathtaking places I've ever been. The integration of architecture and earth is seamless.

  • Holly

    Rare to see architecture worthy of such breath-taking surroundings. Impressive stuff.

  • Alec Ward

    “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.”

    What complete and utter bollocks!

  • Kyril

    I see a mythically gorgeous landscape savagely brutalized by tonnes of poured concrete and steel scaffolding – I guess minimally invasive fortifying of walkways with local stones wouldn't look nearly as sexy in the architectural firm's portfolio.

    Extra-wide concrete condo balcony style landings, all for what – two months of use out of a year – to make it accessible for literally tens of extra-wide american toursit? Barbarian.

  • http://www.hagasconstruction.com Robert Hagan

    This is very wonderful. l will love to visite this place but when will it be open to public?

  • Patrick Tofts

    We threw the neighbours cat over somewhere up there in the mist, he still came back.

  • poppy

    I was just there two weeks ago. The most amazing experience ever. I loved the restaurant – it blends into the environment so well.

  • Aloise

    Even if these projects are excellent, Norway is a very beautiful country in its own right with stunning scenery, perhaps the most beautiful in the world, with its wide-range soft white sandy beaches and in 30 minutes one is up amongst the glaciers.

  • S. Eddy

    Anyone know why they manipulated the waterway in front of the visitor center? I’m hoping that there was a functional purpose… The decision to make jagged tiers seems like a bit of an offense to ecological health.

    I’m also torn about the fact that so much energy put into making a steel and concrete walkway that isn’t even accessible. The project is certainly stunning as an object, but seems to transform the beautiful setting into more of an amusement park than a place appropriate for immersion into the environment.