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July 17, 2017

The experience of Skjervsfossen waterfall
On the site of Skjervsfossen (Skjervet waterfall), Norway, Fortunen have designed a small service building consisting of two restrooms and a small technical room, while the landscape design is made by Østengen & Bergo. The client, Nasjonale turistveger, challenged architects and designers to accentuate and enhance the experience of the natural landscape, whilst not competing with it. The overall aspiration was to create a unique and surprising experience. The main concept has been to make the wild nature accessible without hurting it.
     The service building designed by Fortunen AS is the winner of the World Architecture News Small Spaces Award 2016. The wider context surrounding the building is both breath-taking and exciting. The river Storelvi flows from a semi-open agricultural landscape, into a narrow channel formed by rock, finally dropping dramatically, creating the impressive two-step waterfall. The building itself sits within a larger open landscape and takes advantage of wide views towards the steep mountain walls, and the moving valley. Rough, yet poetic walking paths and steps, laid by a team of Sherpa’s from Nepal, pass through the landscape.
     For full story and more images of this award winning project by architect Fortunen AS of Norway, please refer to BUILDING JOURNAL July 2017 issue. Subscribe
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