Juvet Landscape HotelLeave the world behind you
Destination: Valldal, Norway
Vacation: Unique secluded retreat
Seeking: Switch off and unwind
Highlight: Incredible natural setting
Some hotels are more works of art than places to stay, and Juvet Landscape Hotel is something beyond even that. Its inspiring design and stunning location create a magical immersion in nature far from the stresses of modern life. Time to truly switch off.
Juvet Landscape Hotel is located at Valldal, near the town of Åndalsnes in north-western Norway. Passing tourists are attracted by a spectacular waterfall in a deep gorge near the road, Gudbrandsjuvet. The idea emerged as an opportunity to exploit breathtaking scenery with minimal intervention, allowing locations which would otherwise be prohibited for reasons of conservation.
Instead of the conventional hotel, with guest rooms stacked together in one large building, Juvet Landscape Hotel distributes the rooms throughout the terrain as small individual houses. Every house has one or two walls that are entirely built in glass, thus the experienced space in each room is maximized. Through careful orientation every room gets its own exclusive view of a beautiful and unique piece of the landscape, always changing with the season, the weather, and the time of day. No room looks out at another so the rooms are experienced as private even though curtains are not used.
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“We wanted to create rooms that does not have the conventional borders (the walls), but which has an experienced space that is as large as the landscape, may be three to four miles wide in this case. To create this we worked a lot with the windows so that as much as possible of the “bordering” or “enclosing” effect that a window and its framing usually gives were eliminated as small as possible. This is intended to give an effect of being in a large and grand landscape (not only looking at it), absolutely private, but also protected and warm.”
The first phase of Juvet Landscape Hotel consists of 7 rooms, with the possibility to add 21 more rooms according to the master plan. All the rooms have slightly differing designs, as a result of local topographical needs and vegetation, and to maximize the requirements for privacy and the best possible views. No rooms necessitate blasting of rock or changing the terrain, as the rooms are added to the existing topography.
The rooms are built in a massive wood construction with no exterior insulation, and are intended for summer use only. Each building rests on a set of 40mm massive steel rods drilled into the rock, existing topography and vegetation left almost untouched. The glass is set against slim frames of wood, locked with standard steel profiles, using stepped edges to extend the exterior layer of the main glass surfaces all the way to the corners.
The interiors are treated with transparent oil with black pigments, so that reflections from the inner surface of the glass wall are minimized. Shelves, benches and a small table are all built by the same massive wooden elements to maintain a certain degree of monotony that goes well with the complex nature views and to keep the visual presence of the interior at a minimum.
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