In the far lands of Norway roam reindeer. The last of their wild kind in a natural environment, these arctic deer live in dovrefjell-sunndalsfjella national park. Since Santa Claus doesn’t always welcome visitors to the North Pole to see his reindeer (they need their rest and solitude for their big day you know), the Norwegians decided to create a stunningly designed abode for passing humans where they can observe the undomesticated creatures as they romp to the rhythm of nature.
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Designed by Snøhetta, the pavilion is 90 square meters big and rests 1200 meters above sea level. It provides panoramic viewing of the mountain range and a place to sit in comfort. The long wooden beams were built using ship building techniques and were made to be reminiscent of the effects wind and water on wood. A fireplace hangs from the ceiling to provide warmth in the chillier moments throughout the day. A unique design, Snøhetta has been shortlisted by the world architecture festival for an award in the display category this year. Find out more at Snøhetta Architecture.