Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Architekter (RRA) has a reputation for bold, beautifully simple Scandinavian architecture — from groundbreaking civil buildings to private Nordic holiday lodges — all bold and unhesitating in form yet free of pretense in their assertion in the landscape.
Alpine Modern has previously covered one of Ramstad’s residential designs, the V-Lodge.
Now, German photographer Lars Schneider of Outdoor Visions shot one of RRA’s public works for us, the Trollstigen Road Visitor Center. Opened in 1936, the Trollstigen National Tourist Route stretches 106 kilometers (66 miles) through West Norway’s mighty nature. Ramstad’s firm designed the visitor center to enhance the experience of rugged mountains, waterfalls and deep fjords.
Lars Schneider’s report from the road
“I was on assignment in Norway, shooting for an outdoor clothing brand. The night I captured these images, after the client and the models had left for the hotel at one o’clock in the morning, my assistant and I decided to spend the rest of the night in the mountains. The sky looked promising, and the sun rose at 3:30 am that time of year.
“We lingered around the visitor center for a very long time. Besides taking in the spectacular views and the sensational light, we quite enjoyed the fact that we had all this to ourselves. During the day, droves of tourists swarm Trollstigen, eager to take tight hairpin turns winding up and down the steep mountainsides and to take in the untamed Nordic vistas. Not having to share all this with anyone was immensely gratifying.
“The architecture is grandiose. Everything very sophisticated, rectilinear, pure, considered… yet beautifully assimilated into the scenery.” △