No fewer than 67 architecture firms competed for the contract to rebuild Tungestølen, a place synonymous with beautiful yet simple cabins, stunning views, and outdoor living for more than 100 years.
The Norwegian Trekking Association (NTA), who own the site eventually settled on Snøhetta, who made their name with Oslo's stunning opera house, Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, and the Lillehammer art museum. .
“The result is incredibly good. The architects have managed to think both unconventionally and traditionally, and I'm sure this will be a beacon for NTA,” jury chairman Anne Mari Aamelfot Hjelle, from the Norwegian Trekking Association, said.
“These are very modern cabins, but at the same time it was one of the contributions that was most like the original cabins. We have emphasized that they should still be cabins like other NTA cabins, where simple outdoor living is important.”
Dagmar, the hurricane that destroyed the buildings at Tungestølen on Christmas day in 2011 was one of the strongest storms to hit Norway in the past 50 years.
“The cabin is completely destroyed. The cabin flew off its foundations and was smashed to pieces, so only the foundation remains,” local resident Bjørn Skovly told Norway's state broadcaster NRK at the time.
Here is how the cabins will be laid out:
Here's a view of how Snøhetta expect people to use them.