This little pavilion, located at 1250 metres above sea level within sight of the Snøhetta Mountain in central Norway, is used as a visitors’ centre for the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre, showcasing the rich history and wildlife of the area. The mythology, too, is important: the Dovre Mountains represent the eternal and everlasting in the Norwegian cultural consciousness.
The building is conceived as a place for contemplation – for views and for insight. A large window faces the Snøhetta Mountain. A robust 10 mm steel shell covers an organically shaped timber core, which integrates seating and forms the southern facade of the pavilion. The timber is produced by digitally controlled milling by a boat-building firm in Hardanger, and was freighted to the site in two pieces. The structure is assembled with wooden plugs, with no glue or metal fasteners. The timber is treated with real tar externally, and oiled internally. The roof is made with hollow core elements spanning the length of the building.