Some of the most beautiful places on earth are exactly that because of how distant they are from large groups of people. The silence and slow pace that come as result of their sparse population demands a kind of respect and reverence. How then do you manage to preserve the natural beauty of a place while also making it comfortable enough to stay for extended periods of time? It’s a bit of a puzzle, but one that we think KOKO Architects managed to solve that puzzle with their Skåpet Mountain Lodges.
This striking collection of cabins were built for hikers trudging along the trails of Norway. The grouping of buildings consist of a main structure, a wash room, separate sleeping areas, and sauna. The larger main building can fit 30 to 35 hikers, while the three smaller can sleep 5 each. Each cabin is is angled so as to have an unobstructed view of the lake below and surrounding mountains. The whole area is off the grid, so each individual area sources electricity from solar panels, warmth from wood burning stoves, and heat for cooking from gas. For the sake of longevity and easy maintenance, the natural locally sourced wood cabins were each coated in a rolled zinc that also help the entire lodge blend in with the rocky environment.
This specific lodge from the Norwegian firm was made specifically for members of the Stavanger Tourism Association – a group of 23,000 hikers who oversee and make use of a network of 35 cabins in the country. Each one of those lodges operates on a kind of honor system. Members are expected to clean up after themselves as well as re-stock cabins with food and fuel, and then pay what they see fit. All that is really left up to question now is how quickly we can get to Norway. [H/T: Design Boom]