When I first came across photos of the Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion in Norway, the images took my breath away. It is such a visually amazing place, just a rectangular box within this vast, gorgeous land. The scene is almost too far-fetched to be believed, like nothing I’ve ever seen.
The pavilion is used by the Wild Reindeer Foundation, a charity which acts to protect Europe’s last wild reindeer herd. Set against the backdrop of the Dovre Mountains in Norway, the Wild Reindeer Centre was designed by architectural firm Snohetta. The exterior is constructed of a rectangular steel frame with one wall of glazed glass forming an observation point from which the entire sweeping landscape can be viewed. The pavilion’s interior is dominated by an organic wood core built from pine beams by Norwegian ship builders. Visitors reach the pavilion by way of a mile-long nature path. Once they arrive, they can sit on the wooden form and be warmed by a hanging furnace.
When discussing the building’s formation, the architects state, “This unique natural, cultural and mythical landscape has formed the basis of the architectural idea. The building design is based on a rigid outer shell and an organic inner core. The south facing exterior wall and the interior create a protected and warm gathering place, while still preserving the visitor’s view of the spectacular panorama.” I find it fascinating how the pavilion’s shape exudes a sense of permanence while the sweeping curves of the interior reflect the mountainous lines of the distant Dovre. What an incredible place this must be to visit in person!
Cover image by Klass Van Ommerman. Other images by Ketil Jacobsen and Diephotodesigner