Veitastrond, Norway – In line with the start of Norway’s hiking season, Snøhetta has unveiled nine tourist cabins overlooking the Jostedalen glacier in the municipality of Luster. The distinct pentagonal structures were built to replace the Tungestølen Tourist Cabin – a destination that had been in place for over a century until it was destroyed by Cyclone Dagmar in 2011. Luster Turlag, a branch of the Norwegian National Trekking Association, commissioned the international practice to develop the cabins so that hikers could enjoy a stay in the historic, scenic location once more.
Snøhetta began the Tungestølen project after winning an architectural competition for the initiative in 2015. Once totally completed in the next construction phase, the collection of oblique wooden shelters will be able to accommodate up to 50 visitors during the summer and autumn. They are designed as a reaction to the mountainous area’s changing landscape: the cabins’ external walls, for example, ‘have been given a beak-like shape to slow down strong winds sweeping up from the valley floor’, says a spokesperson for Snøhetta.