Architecture

Rabot Tourist Cabin shelters hikers in Norway's Okstindan mountain range

The Rabot Tourist Cabin, by Norwegian architecture firm JVA (Photo: Einar Aslaksen)
The Rabot Tourist Cabin, by Norwegian architecture firm JVA (Photo: Einar Aslaksen)
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The Rabot Tourist Cabin is located 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's Okstindan mountain range (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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The Rabot Tourist Cabin is located 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's Okstindan mountain range (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
The cabin takes its name from the late French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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The cabin takes its name from the late French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
Architectural render of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
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Architectural render of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
The Rabot Tourist Cabin, by Norwegian architecture firm JVA (Photo: Einar Aslaksen)
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The Rabot Tourist Cabin, by Norwegian architecture firm JVA (Photo: Einar Aslaksen)
The Rabot Tourist Cabin measures 70 sqm (753 sq ft) (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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The Rabot Tourist Cabin measures 70 sqm (753 sq ft) (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
Energy-efficiency takes on a whole new level of importance when you're required to transport all goods via helicopter or sled (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
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Energy-efficiency takes on a whole new level of importance when you're required to transport all goods via helicopter or sled (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
Owing to its location, the Rabot Tourist Cabin will be battered by nature's worst (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
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Owing to its location, the Rabot Tourist Cabin will be battered by nature's worst (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
The Rabot Tourist Cabin is located 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's Okstindan mountain range (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
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The Rabot Tourist Cabin is located 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's Okstindan mountain range (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
Owing to its location, the Rabot Tourist Cabin will be battered by nature's worst (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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Owing to its location, the Rabot Tourist Cabin will be battered by nature's worst (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
All heating is provided by two efficient wood burner (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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All heating is provided by two efficient wood burner (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many official DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins scattered around the country (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many official DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins scattered around the country (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
There's no cable electricity in the area, so JVA installed a solar array that provides all necessary electricity for lighting (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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There's no cable electricity in the area, so JVA installed a solar array that provides all necessary electricity for lighting (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
The windows are calibrated to withstand high-altitude pressure forces (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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The windows are calibrated to withstand high-altitude pressure forces (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
The cabin is located 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's Okstindan mountain range (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
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The cabin is located 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's Okstindan mountain range (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
The exterior cladding is made from tough, locally cut timber boards (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
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The exterior cladding is made from tough, locally cut timber boards (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
Should the worst still happen and the main cabin somehow become destroyed, there's a second, smaller rescue hut nearby that serves as an emergency shelter (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
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Should the worst still happen and the main cabin somehow become destroyed, there's a second, smaller rescue hut nearby that serves as an emergency shelter (Photo: Jan Inge Larsen)
The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many official DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins scattered around the country (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many official DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins scattered around the country (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
Energy-efficiency takes on a whole new level of importance when you're required to transport all goods via helicopter or sled (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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Energy-efficiency takes on a whole new level of importance when you're required to transport all goods via helicopter or sled (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
The cabin takes its name from the late French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
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The cabin takes its name from the late French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
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Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
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Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
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Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)
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Architectural plan of the Rabot Tourist Cabin (Image: JVA)

Norwegian architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter (JVA) recently completed a cabin situated some 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's rugged Okstindan mountain range. The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many official DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins scattered around the country, and shelters hikers from the harsh local weather conditions.

Taking its name from the late French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, the Rabot Tourist Cabin measures 70 sq m (753 sq ft) and has a capacity of around 30 beds, which are divided into seven dormitory-style bedrooms. The cabin also contains two restrooms, a kitchen area, dining room, a mezzanine, two common areas, and storage rooms containing food and firewood.

The Rabot Tourist Cabin measures 70 sqm (753 sq ft) (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)
The Rabot Tourist Cabin measures 70 sqm (753 sq ft) (Photo: Svein Arne Brygfjeld)

JVA installed two efficient wood burners, which cater for all heating needs. Since energy-efficiency takes on a new level of significance when one is required to transport all goods via helicopter (there's no road access to the site), half of the building can be closed off with sliding doors when there are few guests, so that there's less space to heat. In addition, a solar array provides electricity for lighting.

Owing to its location, the Rabot Tourist Cabin will be battered by some very harsh weather, but the cabin's windows are calibrated to withstand high-altitude pressure forces so that they do not suddenly shatter, and the exterior cladding is made from thick locally cut timber boards.

However, a second, smaller rescue hut currently is being built nearby that will serve as an emergency shelter should the main cabin somehow be damaged or destroyed.

Source: JVA via Arch Daily

1 comment
Lawrence Lagarde
Hope it's built to withstand the Jotnar trolls living up there...
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