Tyven Fjellhytte (2015)

Client: Hammerfest go Omegn Turlaf
Architect: SPINN Arkitekter
Location: Hammerfest, Norway

Date: 2015-09-01 00:00:00 +0000
Tags: Norway, public, timber, TPI mesh, CLT, shell

Together with Norwegian Architects SPINN Arkitekter we have been asked by client Hammerfest go Omegn Turlaf in far northern Norway above the arctic circle to design two huts on opposing mountain peaks.

The structures will be a refuge for weary hikers and a summer tourist destination. The structure will be fabricated from solid timber panels on a computer controlled 5 axis router and held together with hardwood dowel connections to make little or no environmental impact on the site and to allow the building to be transported to site and built as simply and quickly as possible.

The pattern of the simple flat solid timber elements is created using the tangent planar intersection (TPI) panelisation technique we pioneered on the Trada pavilion in 2012. This allows six sided flat panels to follow a double curved surface and keeps the number of expensive connections to a minimum. The shape of the structure was deliberately chosen to try and funnel snow away from the entrance and to maximise structural efficiency. The first mountain hut will be finished in Autumn 2015