Plays on light and geometries on the Norwegian National Tourist Route

Reiulf Ramstad's sheer and majestic Troll Wall Restaurant

by Malcolm Clark
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In 2011 the Norwegian National Tourist Route was enriched with a further landmark: the Trollwall Restaurant in Trollveggen. This project was designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, designers of Trollistingen (Troll's Path), the magical path through nature and architecture.

Both of the works are part of the National Tourist Route, a magnificent natural area covering 600,000 square metres, which can only be visited in the summer due to the very low winter temperatures and which is currently undergoing repair works and organisation of the tourist services commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport.

The creation of the “National Tourist Route” involves 18 teams of Norwegian designers, called upon to develop a series of eco-sustainable structures for welcoming and directing the tourists to 18 different parts of the country.

The Troll Wall Restaurant is an integral part of these structures and is close to the highest vertical rock wall in Europe (called Troll Wall) in the Romsdal Valley. Reiulf Ramstad's proposal is directly related to the site while retaining its own identity that will be an attraction for the Country itself.

The building has a simple and flexible plan with a roof whose “sharp” and majestic geometry derives from the surrounding landscape. The building is covered with wood and glass and it seems to mimic the surrounding environment in a play of reflections and geometries.

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    Trollwall Restaurant - National Tourist Routes in Norway 88

    Trollwall Restaurant - National Tourist Routes in Norway

    Trollveggen / Norway / 2011

    Trollstigen - National Tourist Routes in Norway 165

    Trollstigen - National Tourist Routes in Norway

    Møre and Romsdal / Norway / 2012