Åkrafjorden Hunting Lodge in Snow

Åkrafjorden Hunting Lodge in the Mountains of Norway by Snøhetta

Åkrafjorden Hunting Lodge in Snow

Please note there were some great pictures that once went along with this article but the photographer doesn’t want people to look at them. Please just try and imagine how great this cabin can look in summer.

This picturesque mountain lodge is situated on the edge of the Åkrafjorden fjord in western Norway and was realised by the creative minds at Snøhetta. The structure is composed of two curved steel beams spanned by timber, and the architects consider the Hunting Lodge to be ‘a meeting between modern expression and traditional Norwegian mountain cabins.’ This remote shelter is accessible only by foot or horseback making it an especially welcoming destination to reach.

Åkrafjorden Hunting Lodge in Snow Mountains

The curved roof of the secluded dwelling resembles a geological fold, while the unusual triangular form bears testament to the hut’s mountainous surroundings. This sloping roof is topped with native grass — rendering the hut virtually indistinguishable from its surroundings at certain angles — while the perpendicular end face appears to be a drystone wall composed of rock sympathetic to the local geology.

Akrafjorden Hunting Lodge Plans by Snohetta

The integration of the hut into the landscape has been an important part of the concept. The terrain is characteristic with grass, heather and rocks, and the hut’s shape, orientation, and materials are dictated by this.Snøhetta

View from Hunting Lodge by Snohetta

Snøhetta were tasked with building a remote mountain hut, but one with an area of just 35m² that could accommodate 21 guests! They achieved this by designing the hut/TARDIS around a central fireplace (a tried and tested tradition), and surrounding this communal heart with simple padded bed platforms that also double up as sofa seating during the day. These beds extend to a raised sleeping area which is accessible via an ingenious ladder carved into a supporting timber beam.

Akrafjorden Hunting Lodge by Snohetta

 

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