Juvet Landscape Hotel – a meeting between raw Norwegian nature, cultural history and modern architecture.
The first landscape hotel in Europe is situated in the farmyard of Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, on a steep, natural levee in between birch, osp, pine and age-old boulders.
In this little village in rural Norway, modern architecture encounters the natural and cultural landscape – and shows that the modern and innovative can go hand in hand with local building traditions and good, old-fashioned handicrafts.
The idea of a landscape hotel emerged as an opportunity to exploit breathtaking scenery with minimal intervention, allowing locations which would otherwise be prohibited for reasons of conservation.
The Juvet Landscape Hotel is located at Valldal, near the town of Åndalsnes in north-western Norway. Passing tourists are attracted by a spectacular waterfall in a deep gorge near the road, «Gudbrandsjuvet». The client, Knut Slinning, is a local resident.
In winter this high mountain pass road has to close at this point because of the heavy snow falls in the mountains, and the traffic is led on a considerably longer route by the sea, making the desolate ambience of the place clearer.