Wild reindeer observation pavilion in the historical Dovrefjell mountain range
Cities and towns
UNESCO global geoparks
Rocks / Cliffs
Dovrefjell is a mountain range that forms a barrier between the northern and southern parts of Norway. It is home to Europe’s last wild reindeer herds and is the natural habitat for many rare plants and animals. A long history filled with travellers, hunting traditions, mining and military activities has left its mark on this land. In addition to the natural and cultural landscape, the Dovre mountains also hold significant importance in the Norwegian consciousness. National legends, myths, poetry, music and even the Norwegian constitution celebrate the mystic and eternal qualities of this powerful place.
To safely observe the wild reindeer and provide shelter while taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding nature, Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation commissioned Snøhetta to design a pavilion. Located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, it overlooks the Snøhetta mountain massif and is situated at the end of a 1.5 km nature path enhanced with information about the area’s rich history. The building design is based on a contrast between ideas - a rigid outer shell and a soft, organic inner core. The rectangular frame is made in raw steel resembling the iron found in the local bedrock, and is chosen for its quality and durability to withstand the harsh climate. The wooden core is shaped like rock or ice that has been eroded by natural forces like wind and running water, with a use of natural materials that honour local building traditions.
Dovrefjell National Park
Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation
Steel, glass and wood
NOK 4 million (Total construction cost pavilion)