Tungestolen Hiking Cabin designed by Snohetta is located on the Luster plateau in western Norway. A tourist complex, formed by the combination of several cabins, was built on mountainous terrain overlooking the Jostedalen glacier. The cabins in pentagonal prism form against the challenging and variable mountain climate provide comfortable and sheltered spaces for the visitors who climb the hill for hiking in summer and autumn.
Luster Turlag decided to open an international competition to build a new tourism facility in the region after the tourist cabins in the region became unusable in 2011 as a result of a big hurricane. The construction process, which started after Snohetta won the competition in 2015, was completed in 2019 and the Tungestolen Hiking Cabin was opened for use.
Designed without departing from the texture of the original cabins, the facility consists of nine pentagon shaped organic volumes. Built using Glu-lam, the cabins are covered with a type of pine wood that is often used in CLT and Scandinavian architecture. The outside of the cabins are designed to alleviate the effect of the wind blowing from the valley.
The different geometrical openings emerging from the form of the cabins can be perceived as various windows framing the unique mountain view for visitors. In the main volume of the complex, there are wide wooden tables and chairs where visitors can dine together. This venue, which has 4.6 meters of ceiling height at its highest point, offers visitors the opportunity of a spacious social area and is also a meeting point where panoramic mountain views can be watched. The main cabin also has a fireplace that can be needed on cold summer days.
Location: Luster, Norway
Year of construction: 2019