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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Norway

ABOVE LEFT: The internal space of Gvepseborg Restaurant displaying the natural building materials. RIGHT: The rear entrance to the restaurant facing a natural amphitheatre in the landscape. BELOW RIGHT: The breath-taking view of Rjukan town and Gaustatoppen mountain

Norwegian architecture meets nature - The future of Nordic design can be found in the mountains of Norway Nestled at the top of the valley above Rjukan in Telemark, the Gvepseborg Restaurant perches – majestic in its simplicity and incorporation into its environment. The new building forms a protective shell around a sheltered internal space, which in turn opens up to a spectacular view of the town and the Gaustatoppen mountain peak. When looking up at the structure from the town, you see a warm point of light high above the valley. By Maria Lanza Knudsen | Photos: Context AS

Context AS, a combined architectural practice and environmental consultancy, is the mastermind behind the architectural design. Their passion lies in combining architecture and the environment to create inspiring projects and promote the sustainable development of the building sector. “The name Context was chosen carefully,” says Rolf Hagen, one of the two founding partners of Context AS. “We create architecture that arises from its location and its people – its context. We weave these qualities into our projects to ensure that each structure is unique and responds specif-

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building fulfils Energy Class A with an advanced hybrid ventilation system and heating based on bio energy and a heat pump. As the seasons change from summer to winter the structure responds effortlessly, reflecting its Norwegian roots and spectacular setting.

ically to its situation. Likewise, we ask ourselves, how will the design influence its context?” Their projects combine high-tech solutions with an artistic approach. When commissioned to create Gvepseborg Restaurant, Context AS undertook careful research and consultation with the local community. The structure itself is built from natural materials, mostly timber, which is locally sourced. The form of the building responds to the setting, shading the space from the sun and allowing natural cooling in the summer, while creating warmth and shelter in the winter. The

For more information, please visit: www.context.as

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Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.

Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.