Into the landscape
In Seljord, Norway, there is a lake. And at the bottom of this lake, it is said, a serpent of gigantic water is sleeping. Thanks to this legend, the local population never settled on the shores of the lake. And so myth has allowed nature to preserve its majestic beauty. In 2008, the municipality of Selford decided to develop an architectural program in the surrounding area. Dagur Eggertsson and Sami Rintala, Icelandic and Finnish architects respectively, were selected to showcase the region’s incredible scenery through various viewpoints around the area. All around the lake, planted in the middle of the coniferous forest, three observation points were created during a workshop organized with the students of the NABA, Politecnico di Milano and the Friedrikstad Scenography School. Grouped under the title Into the Landscape, the resorts offer an incredible view of a rough, wild and almost virgin landscape. The main material constituting the project is of course the wood, but the foundations are themselves conceived of natural stone of the region. These three facilities are also the starting point of a much more substantial project. A giant observation tower will be built later, closer to the village of Seljord.
© Images: Dag Jenssen
Architects website: www.rintalaeggertsson.com