Trollstigen National Tourist Route by Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Trollstigen National Tourist Route
Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RAA)
Geiranger Fjord, Romsdalen, Norway
The Trollstigen National Tourist Route is one of 18 landscapes that were chosen by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to be part of the National Tourist Routes in Norway. Each of the 18 projects runs through a stretch of Norway's western coast, highlighting different geographic features. In an attempt to help local businesses, the installations aim to attract tourists. Each section of the project has a different architect and designer who are responsible for enhancing the area despite harsh weather and rugged topography.
The natural scenery associated with the Trollstigen National Tourist Route is the Geiranger Fjord. Created by glacial ice cutting through steep valleys of existing bedrock, the fjord is enclosed by dense forests that withstand rough winters. According to UNESCO, the Geiranger Fjord is among the world's longest and deepest and its exceptional natural beauty allows for the most scenic view on earth. Its exquisite characteristics are also derived from its towering crystalline rock walls, free-flowing rivers and sporadic waterfalls. With such an intense landscape to manipulate, Reiulf Ramstad Architects spent over six years in the route's construction.
Made of a combination of concrete, steel and glass, the structure fuses perfectly with the surrounding environment. Its harmonious nature comes from the use of indigenous looking materials. The cor-ten steel, also known as weathering steel, allows for the structure to blend into its surroundings at a distance. The route’s severe curves resemble the fluidity of continuously moving water. This structure’s intriguing design enhances the existing terrain, without distracting from it.
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