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Rever & Drage Architects : Kvåsfossen

Although Norway is well known for its salmon production, they are fascinating beyond the Christmas period! In Kvåsfossen (Norway), local architects Rever & Drage have designed a cliff-side exhibition space, welcoming curious people who want to see fish in their environment.

With its L-shaped layout, this single storey 450 square-meter building is an ode to the mountains, whose curves it follows closest. It is also located below a road, from which one sees only its two roofs with four sides and their chimney, from where no unsightly technical sheath does not exceed. The roofs thus constitute a fifth façade of this whole, entirely covered with tin-based oak tar blades, reminiscent of the nuances of vegetation and surrounding rocks.

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To enjoy maximum views of this exceptional wooded environment, the center has large picture windows, offering a breathtaking panorama on the stream and the huge salmon ladder, installed in 2014 and allowing the smolts to raise the current in spite of the dams.

By entering the open space in the east, the visitor will discover a café / kitchen area, then a large exhibition and observation area on the rapids, which has a large bay window and a terrace positioned at the western end.

Outside, a helical staircase leads to an underground basin where visitors can observe the fish inhabiting the river at eye level.

A project highlighting local fish production but especially the stunning scenery of the Scandinavian waterfalls.

To learn more, visit the site of Rever & Drage Architects

Photographs: Tom Auger

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