Norway’s largest outdoor life organisation unveils innovative day trip cabin

The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) has completed the first of a series of unique ‘day trip cabins’, built to make treks in the Norwegian Mountains more accessible for novice hikers and explorers.

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he natural landscapes are home to some of the most spectacular views in Europe but have remained largely untapped due to the difficult nature of the hikes. Built to provide a sanctuary for hikers to relax and rest, the Hammerfest Cabin hopes to facilitate more trips to this stunning location, whilst its unique freeform hexagonal shell appearance and natural Kebony cladding have seen it already become a landmark for adventurers on their journey to discover the beauty of the Norwegian mountains.

Ensuring that the natural landscape and panoramic views were unaffected by the cabin was of utmost importance to architect firm SPINN Arkitekter (Norway) and Format Engineers (UK). Planning for the ambitious design concept began in 2015 when the egg-shaped and faceted stone-like appearance was first developed, and the need for a uniquely durable and sustainable timber cladding material was realised. Since then, construction of the cabin has been aided by the support of local companies and the community, who consistently exhibited a fantastic willingness to ensure the project reached its full potential through direct financial contributions, special deductions, free work and lending of tools as well as equipment.

Today, the 150ft² cabin stands as a testament to the design vision of the architects, whilst the decision to use innovative materials like the weather-resistant and sustainable Kebony to clad the panelled facade demonstrates core commitment to protecting both hikers and the natural landscape. The incorporation of a large window into the design also allows for the stunning panoramic views to be enjoyed from the safety and calm of the innovative day cabin development.

Kebony proved to be the perfect material to clad the cabin due to resistance to wear and weathering, sustainable credentials and unique appearance.

James Dodson at SPINN Arkitekter commented: “We are delighted to see that our ambition to create this innovative sanctuary for adventurers has been realised. The cabin’s unique design perfectly blends with the surrounding area, which was very much helped by how the installation of Kebony worked with the multi-panelled design. We hope that the cabin will continue to be enjoyed and will encourage more people to visit the stunning location in the future.”

Mette Valen, Sales Manager Norway at Kebony, added: “Despite the exposed location, Kebony’s resistance to wear and weathering will ensure minimal maintenance is required for the exterior of Hammerfest Cabin. The team at Kebony is thrilled with the material’s contribution to such a fantastic project that occupies one of the most unique and beautiful locations in Norway.”

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