‘norwegian wild reindeer center pavilion’ by snøhetta, dovre, norway image © klaas van ommeren




the recently completed ‘norwegian wild reindeer center pavilion’ in dovre, norway by oslo-based practice snøhetta has been shortlisted by the world architecture festival for an award in the display category. the 90 square meter observation pavilion is positioned within the dovrefjell-sunndalsfjella national park, the remaining home to wild reindeer herds. perched upon a plateau at an elevation of 1200 meters above sea level, the structure provides transient visitors with  panoramic vistas of the prominent snøhetta mountain range.

entrance to pavilion image © klaas van ommeren




reminiscent of rock forms slowly eroded by wind and water processes, the undulating southern facade creates outdoor seating warmed by the sun’s rays. constructed with norwegian shipbuilding techniques in conjunction with advanced fabrication processes and machines, individual 10 inch square wooden beams were milled and assembled with pegs to produce the waving effect. a rigid rectangular frame clad with rusted steel blends into the surrounding landscape while the saturated pine tar treatment of the exterior planks announces its presence to mountain hikers. the interior wall of the gathering space provides additional benches with unobstructed views of the reserve through a floor to ceiling glass enclosure.

facade undulates to form outdoor seating image © klaas van ommeren

fireplace provides warmth during harsh weather image © klaas van ommeren

steel fins support glass facade image © klaas van ommeren

steel ceiling, walls, and floor contrast the wood bench image © klaas van ommeren

outward view of the park and mountains from the pavilion’s interior image © klaas van ommeren

glass facade opens to the steep terrain and mountains image © jan olav storli

view of glass facade from the mountain slope image © snøhetta

approach to pavilion image © snøhetta

floor plan / level 0 image © snøhetta

section image © snøhetta

elevation image © snøhetta

elevation image © snøhetta




project info:


location: dovre, norway floor area: 90sqm project year: 2011 cost: 3.0 million NOK (norwegian krone)

architect: snøhetta landscape architect: snøhetta interior architect: snøhetta project manager: knut bjørgum (landscape architect) snøhetta team: kjetil t. thorsen, erik brett jacobsen, margit tidemand ruud, rune grasdal, martin brunner (architects), heidi pettersvold (interior architect) structural engrineer: dr.techn. kristoffer apeland as, trond gundersen contractor: prebygg as subcontractor (steel): lonbakken as subcontractor (glass): skandinaviska glassystem ab contractor (wood): djupevaag ship builders as


  • Nice

    Darija S.H. says:
  • brilliant

    Norwegian Wood, eh?

    dbkii says:
  • wow that’s an expensive cabin, eeeuh I mean wild reindeer centre pavilion 😀

    nice fireplace too… classic!

    cj says:
  • wow, thats a good piece!

    fasiha says:
  • An exciting synthesis of miesian simplicity and contemporary blobbyism and zigzaggery

    ArcAlign says:
  • 3 Million…wow

    pretty sure if the client got taken for a ride on the price. I would have done it for 1.5 million…

    Beautiful entry…

    Si says:
  • Great space. Wood looks super tangible and floor color is sweet. The fireplace . . . consult the French on elements of indulgence

    mstndvn says:
  • Beautiful and functional, but laughably out of context. Would be as interesting on Astor Place in Manhattan. All that big wood in a treeless landscape? And this remark: “a rigid rectangular frame clad with rusted steel seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape.” Right. It’s a box in undulating terrain. It sticks out like the Batmobile on a rural road. The word “seamlessly” should be stricken from the architectural vocabulary.

    Tom P says:
  • exceptionnel !! great feeling of the stop walking instant of comtemplation !

    sylvbouy says:
  • Just fabulous.

    Jacky says:
  • I believe that 3.0 million NOK is 2,894.16 USD;
    If this is what it cost in Norway to build such a fantastic structure ( with a shipbuilder as a contractor, no less!) I’d hire them to build me a house any day.
    I love it, and believe the reindeer will too.

    SkyGrrl says:
  • A beautiful piece of sculpture/architecture functioning as an eyesore. Must we always put man’s needs first?

    Sparky says:
  • A beautiful piece of sculpture/architecture functioning as an eyesore. Must we always put man’s needs first?

    Sparky says:
  • Sorry. 3.0 million NOK = $512,332.51 USD
    Still a very good deal for this kind of craftsmanship.

    skygrrl says:
  • Fcuk. This site won’t allow me to enter correct numerals for dollar vs. NOK.
    Twice incorrect. I’ll stop now. Arg.

    skygrrl says:
  • skygrrl, im pretty sure its not the site thats having the problem

    3.0 million Norwegian kroner = 515 412 U.S. dollars

    bronado says:
  • I think this might be the most beautiful piece of architecture I’ve ever seen.

    Ana says:
  • How does it mean that longe window, if you can look better just outside?
    Expensive. Useless

    Virginia says:
  • neat interface

    yeahno says:
  • This is such a lovely project! The wood seat would be so nice to sit on while looking at the vista!!! And I don’t think it’s overpriced, for the quality of the craftsmanship and the design, I wish the US had pavilions like this along our trails!

    Dani says:
  • Hvor er dassen?!?

    William A says:

    S PAROLA says:
  • wow

    inocuo says:

    amy says:
  • At a little over 500,000 US dollars, this is money well spent.
    So much better than the inappropriate spiral lookout at the Matterhorn.

    Dan says:
  • Simple, beautiful, timeless, I adore this piece of work.

    mawdster says:
  • This is a masterpiece ! Totally modern and imaginative yet totally respectful to the environment… this is as close to perfect as architecture could be. Straight into my top ten best buildings ever.

    Finlay Cowan says:
  • It’s the missing space debris!!!!
    With time it will melt into the landscape and the reindeer will learn to ignore it….architecturally a great piece of work without doubt but it does not synthesize with its surroundings.
    True architecture is about functionality, design and a harmoniously blend of material and nature!
    I suppose logistically there were transport problems and a rectangle on the back of a semi was the way to go!

    Alan says:
  • harmony doesn’t mean it needs to disappear into the landscape

    rarely does architecture achieve eloquence – this most certainly does

    meagain says:
  • wow

    tipa says:
  • Totally agree with @mawdster. Like to add that the comission is half of the success

    Fernando says:

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