Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Norwegian Mountaineering Center in Møre og Romsdal, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
September 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering. The design of the building is based on its function as a mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.
The “Norsk Tindesenter” is a visitor center with focus on Norwegian mountaineering history and steep outdoor activities. Inside, we can find a mix of guidance and information, museum and experiences about Norwegian mountaineering history. Among other things, it offers an auditorium, exhibition space, library, offices, shop, a restaurant/café and Norway’s highest climbing wall. It is an inviting and important meeting place for the residents and a gathering place for organizations and their members who relate to the leisures of climbing and mountaineering in the Romsdal region.
The building has a climbing wall for beginners, as well as one of the biggest and toughest climbing wall in Norway, with a height of 21 meters inside the towering structure. The auditorium is a flexible space used the presentation and movies about the mountains around Åndalsnes, with the possibility also to convert that space into an extension of the exposition area. The facade is clad with 1.2 mm thick aluminum plates lacquered in three different metallic colors: medium bronze, light bronze and silver. The colors look different depending on the light outside and their reflect their surroundings of the fjord and the mountain peak behind it.
The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is an inviting and inclusive building which volume radiates its content while it is rooted in the site culture and landscape through an expressive architecture being a fantastic attraction in Åndalsnes.
Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RRA) is an independent Oslo-based architectural firm with a high level of expert knowledge and a distinct ideology. The firm has a strong conceptual approach combined with experience from past accomplished projects. RRA has a permanent staff consisting of 13 graduate architects, one managing director, 2 administrative staff, and 2-4 permanent openings for architectural students.
Over the years RRA has produced a wide range of innovative and ground breaking projects with an exceptional variation of scale and program. We have earned a reputation for creating bold, simple architecture with a strong connection to the Scandinavian context and the impressive Scandinavian landscape in particular. Common for all our projects are that they are driven by a genuine dedication to humanist values. We build in both urban and rural areas, all over Norway and recently our projects are increasingly gaining attention also outside of Norway.
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