- Infrastructure and landscape in Norway.
Norwegian architecture firm, Jarmund/Visnæs AS Arkitekter, whose most recent works are on exhibition in Paris right now, has designed the “Gullesfjord Weight Control Station”. This is a weigh and inspection station for trucks travelling over the bridges connecting the Lofoten islands with the mainland.
It is the first stage in a more ambitious project that includes a fuel station, coffee shop, coach stop and tourist facilities.
The architects were faced with the challenge of fitting the building into a breathtakingly beautiful but very vulnerable natural backdrop, considering the extreme conditions of a location that lies within the arctic circle.
So they decided to go for a reinforced concrete structure, constructing it partly underground to keep down the height and therefore the visual impact of the whole building. The grey concrete blends discreetly into the mountainous surroundings, while the orange shades on the facades and interiors add a splash of colour that brightens up the long arctic winter.
Architecture that focuses on environmental protection while being an integral part of its surroundings.
Progetto: Jarmund/Visnæs AS Arkitekter MLNA, www.jva.no
Luogo: Gullesfjord, Troms, Norway
Fotografie: Nils Petter Dale, JVA, Håkon Aurlien – courtesy of JVA
Link exhibition: http://www.floornature.com/overview-architecture-news/news-exhibition-jarmund-vigsns-arkitekter-constructing-views-2011-2014-9404/