The Rabothytta Mountain Hut sits at nearly 4,000 feet in the Okstindan Mountains, a glaciated range in northern Norway. Commissioned by the Norwegian Trekkers Association, the country’s largest outdoor association, the hut is part of a larger initiative by the NTA to encourage more outdoor recreation in the country’s stunning mountainous terrain.
Designed by architecture studio Jarmund/Vigsnæs, the cabin aligns with their vision for great architecture as not just beautiful, but interesting and purposeful. Built to weather heavy mountain storms including high winds and freezing temperatures, the cabin, which abuts a large glacier, is low, simple, and protected by a low-angle gradual A-frame roof.
The exterior of the cabin is covered in locally-sourced wood planks, with two chimneys rising from the roof in a reflection of the natural topography. The interior features 30 beds across 7 bedrooms, a large communal area, and lots of natural light.
Named for French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, the hut nods to a long history of mountain exploration and adventure in Norway, and a deep respect of the wild landscape surrounding.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.
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