Natural, cultural, and mythical landscapes form the basis for the architectural idea behind Tverrfjellhytta, an observation and information pavilion on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park in Norway. The building design by Snøhetta is based on the contrast between the rigid outer shell that is built to withstand its harsh climate, and the organic-shaped wooden core that creates a protected and warm gathering place. Natural materials were used and local building traditions were referenced in its construction, with new technology incorporated to enhance and strengthen the structure.
Tverrfjellhytta sits 1,250 meters above sea level, and was created to shelter school groups and visitors. Dovrefjell is home to wild reindeer herds, musk oxen, arctic foxes, and a number of unique species.