INTO THE LANDSCAPE - Seljord Workshop

Seljord, Norway
Workshop w/ NABA, Politecnico di Milano and Fredikstad Scenogrphy School
Completed 25.9.-3.10.2009

Three structures with the main reasons to be built, firstly to be used as stopping places for travelers and tourists, secondly to serve as meeting points for the local inhabitants, and thirdly to comment on the local stories of a sea serpent, a continuing myth with frequent observations spanning over a hundred years of time.
At the same time, this workshop is also part of larger activity, a project called Seljord and the legends, developed and coordinated by Springer Kulturstudio and Feste landscape architects, organized to revitalize the local economy and to invite more people to move to the area which today suffers of desertification and aging processes.

1.Viewpoint is situated on the Northern side of the lake on a hillside, offering a scenic view over most of the lake and valley. The project is a group of six spaces or rooms forming a circle in the edge of the forest and the bare bedrock.

2.Smoke sauna was built in a bay on the Southern side of the lake by the road. It is standing on pillars due to flooding, consists of sauna room with smoke fireplace and a terrace. The building acts as a wall creatinga more private situation on the lake side, turning a more closed side to the road. Owing to a ramp from the road, It is possible to enter the sauna also with wheelchair.

3.Fishing camp is to be found in the tip of Tellnes peninsula, roughly in the center of the lake. This installation is carefully located in a bedrock crack in order to maintain the open landscape as it was. It offers a bridge for easier communication, a roofed shelter and a fireplace.

Dag Jenssen