In 2015, the Norwegian Trekking Association, to encourage hiking around Hammerfest, proposed to build two warming huts in the surrounding mountains. They called for a straightforward structure with a working wood-burning stove, a view of the surrounding landscape, and simple benches. The two huts needed to blend in with the rugged setting and endure the harsh mountainous weather.
Norwegian-based SPINN Arkitekter and Britain’s Format Engineers responded with a cross-laminated timber shell with exterior Kebony panels.
How did they provide a design to meet all these criteria? First, to get a detailed surface map to be used as a baseline for form-finding, the two sites were mapped in 3D with a drone and photogrammetry software. This territorial information was then plugged into Rhino, Kangaroo, and Grasshopper.
The first hut was constructed like a puzzle and transferred to its site at Storfjellet. The second cabin will be built on Tyven, a mountain on the other side of Hammerfest, across from each other in the beautiful northern landscape.
How did they transport the hut to the site? More design, constructions details, and other information are in Arch Daily…
Posted Sep 25, 2019 by Sandy McNeel on Rhino News, etc.