Modern Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hjolmebakk designed observation deck located in Stor-Elvdal, Norway.
the world famous charm Norwegian scenery at all times attracted architects creative nature and simply lovers of amazing natural beauty. It is in this area, near mount Rondjejn, within a few years he lived and collected material for his works of Norwegian painter Harald Solberg (1869-1935). Inspired by the stunning local scenery, the artist created his most famous painting is “winter night in the mountains. The purpose of his stay here was the summation of sketches made in different points of the terrain, which reveal a variety of species. The most recognizable position was near the place where is situated the observation deck.
view gaze from this place, really fascinates and captivates. The dark silhouette of the pines in the foreground is a prominent part of the picture, which creates almost luminescent winter landscape. In addition, this area has a certain dynamic property between densely growing pine trees on the side of a hill and the distant mountains. It is this attitude and was the starting point for creating geometry and structure of the future platform.
before starting to build the venues, there have been many tests: moving the staircase between the trees, trying to “catch” the best and most interesting species and space. After that the terrain was documented in digital form, and the form of the platform was designed in such a way as not to harm any tree. In addition, it was important to consider the structure of the foundations so as not to destroy the root system of trees. Frozen layer of Earth in the area ended only at a depth of 2.7 meters-this meant that any traditional way of laying the Foundation assumed significant excavation and felling of trees.
in the early stages of the project platform was quite flexible construction made of steel. The pillars on which it was attached, had to rely on Earth kind of “winter”, it would allow construction to move during swelling soil frost heave.
but tests 3-D design model, carried out as a design engineer, showed that curved beams collapse did not survive the snowy cargo and movement of the Earth. Then it was decided to erect a structure of concrete and the strengthening of the columns holding it on myself, make even more durable.
all in this design and made with care for the environment and the who will enjoy it. So, beam, framing a platform on the periphery, also serves as a handrail. It relies on thin steel main pillars, stretching back to Earth on depth in some places more than 12 meters. Rectangular holes in the floor barred allow rainwater to drip onto the ground, as well as pass to it the sunlight. Stairs lead down to the space under the platform and down further, the slope to the Lake. The platform itself is barely visible outer slope (0.3 meters), which creates a slight feeling of a small vytjanutosti design.