Snøhetta Wild Reindeer Pavilion, Norway
With Christmas now only a month away, thoughts of mulled wine, Norwegian spruces and Rudolph are naturally at the forefront. But while Christmas trees and a bottle red are easy enough to find, getting a glimpse of a reindeer can be a little trickier. So why not head to Norway and watch Europe’s last wild reindeer from the absolutely stunning Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion.
Taking two years to build, the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion was designed and constructed by Snøhetta, a design house based in Oslo. The Pavilion is located in Hjerkinn, on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, and rather aptly looks over the mountain Snøhetta.
With offices all over the globe, Snøhetta began life in 1989 as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, and have remained true to their original trans-disciplinary ways of thinking by creating various designs ‘with a sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit’.
The Wild Reindeer Pavilion is 90m² in size and is open to the public, serving as an observatory for the Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programmes. In order to get to the structure, visitors must take a 1.5 km hiking trail by the Dovrefjell Mountains. Dovrefjell is home to Europe’s last wild reindeer herds and is the natural habitat for many rare plants and animals.
The building’s design is based on a contrast between ideas – a rigid outer shell and a soft, organic inner core. The wooden interior is shaped like rock or ice which has been eroded by natural forces like wind and running water, and is placed within a rectangular frame of raw steel and glass.
Check out more of Snøhetta’s designs over at their Website.