Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Norway is  famous for its breathtaking natural beauty so it comes as no surprise that the country features some of the most impressive and well-designed lookouts and viewpoints as well as tourist routes in the world.

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

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Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Set in a majestic natural setting, the Seljord lookout points were designed to stand as an integral part of a place that is full of traditions and urban legends. Tales about mysterious phenomena in the lake have flourished for centuries and are a natural part of the daily life in the area.

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

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The Municipality of Seljord chose to use this mythical feature as a point of departure for a development program for the area. Oslo – based, Rintala Eggertsson Architects designed a lookout tower that allows ease of access for local population as well as offering visitors a different and real experience of the lake and its surroundings.

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

The core design principle of the Lookout tower is obviously simplicity, engagement with nature along with a slightly eccentric twist. The 12 meter high timber tower stands gracefully alone; despite its modest design and materiality, this ‘folly’ structure  evokes a great dose of dramatic monumentality.

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

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A winding timber staircase leads up to three separate observation spots, where visitors can indulge in uninterrupted views over the lake and adjacent natural scenery.

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

The lookout tower is clad in closely spaced wooden slats, offering a great level of transparency, especially when lit from within after sunset, when it is transformed into a luminous pylon.

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

The Lookout points  is  part of a long interaction ritual  between the  human and the natural; in between them stands the built element that bridges the gap between these two. ”The Lookout points offer preparation that makes the meeting with the water from less abrupt; it gives visitors a broader perception of their surroundings and allows for a travel onwards a more personal landscape. The viewpoint becomes thus not the final destination but a resting point between landscapes of the known and the unknown.”

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

Seljord Lookout Points by Rintala Eggertsson Architects.

© Dag Jenssen

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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