When the Norwegian Trekkers Association added its 500th hut, the Rabothytta, to its network of refuges for trekkers in Norway, the design and construction team undertook a specific set of architectural, design and functional challenges.
The build process was as much an adventure for the construction teams involved as it now is for trekkers who will seek refuge under the huts roofs. The hut’s design was conceived by Norwegian architects, Jarmund/Vigsnæs, who envisaged a compact structure that could be enveloped by the wind and the weather. It was also important for the architects to embed the exterior within the design of the building so that trekkers could experience the natural wonder of the setting, whilst sheltered from the weather. The façade which faces the lake exhibits floor to ceiling glass, providing a feeling of contact with nature even when indoors. Our Kebony wood which engulfs the hut’s roofing will in time develop a patina to complement the grey rocks of the mountains. The internal space is designed to create an intimate feel for all group sizes, divided into modules that can be opened and closed to create small and big spaces.
At 1,200m and many kilometers from the nearest road, the site is without any infrastructure, indeed the construction team, many of whom were local volunteers, hiked and skied to the site. For this reason the construction relied heavily on resources and manpower available nearby and materials had to be helicoptered to the site. Our Kebony wood, produced in Norway, was therefore a viable alternative to heavier materials such as steel.
The hut was a significant landmark in the Norwegian Trekkers Association’s long history of providing refuge to those enjoying the wonders of Norway’s back country and the Kebony roof will shelter those who venture into the wild in the years ahead.