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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Norway

Atnbrufossen Vannbruksmuseum, Rondane Atnbrufossen Vannbruksmuseum is located on a heritage site, and is a part of Statens Vegvesen’s touristic route. “This project emerged through close collaboration with some very enthusiastic locals,” says Berge. “Together we managed to develop an almost remarkably small building fit for several purposes,” he says. Berge is pleased to see how the building manages to blend in with its heritage surroundings on the eastern side of Rondane. The building also features some great artisanal wood and blacksmith work. Vedahaugane, Aurlandsfjellet Vedahaugane is a lookout point along the National Tourist Route, consisting of a footpath leading into the mountain where an artwork by American artist Mark Dions is on display. “I really enjoy working on projects where you’re not entirely sure where you are going to end up, and Vedahaugane is a good example of that. It started as a sidewalk with a lookout point, but turned into so much more,” Berge says. For Berge this project is all about minimalism, to prove how small and simple the construction of a lookout point can be. Building in a fragile environment, he didn’t want the construction to look too heavy. “These days a lot of the things we build are very firmly fixed to the foundation, as if they’re going to be in that place forever. My approach to a lot of things is that they shouldn’t be too permanent, so if we tire of them they shouldn’t be too difficult to remove,” Berge says.

Atnbrufossen Vannbruksmuseum is a result of close collaboration with the local community.

Fykse is built to resemble a large rock in both shape and colour

Snilstveit, private cabin The design of this cabin is inspired by a row of nearby boathouses: “It was important that it looked like it belonged. The traditional gable roof allowed for a more modern plan indoors with large windows,” says Berge. For Berge it’s also very important to create good outdoor areas: “The autumns and winters on the west coast are often very mild, so roofed outdoor areas are very useful. It offers the op-

The Snilstveit cabin has floor-to-ceiling windows on either side of the house with panoramic views of the water on one side and the mountain on the other.

portunity to be outdoors, but with some shelter,” he says.

also be able to step out onto it; rather going up to a house and out on a terrace, as you live down in the garden,” says Berge.

Fykse, private house This house is inspired by its surroundings, and shaped to give the feeling of being underneath a large rock: “The idea is to be able to live inside the landscape, but

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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.