A 3D puzzle cabin in Norway offers respite for worn-out hikers

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A 3D puzzle cabin in Norway offers respite for worn-out hikers



(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Tor Even Mathisen)Hikers headed to Hammerfest, the northernmost town in Norway, are in for a treat.
The mezmerising landscape is a sight to behold, but its terrain can be difficult to trek through, which is why a local group from the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) have built a quirky cabin where worn-out hikers can recharge.
Created by Norwegian architectural firm Spinn Arkitekter, the cabin resembles a 3D puzzle and consists of 77 wood timber shapes that have been slotted together.
The design has been specifically made to blend in with the natural environment, and is the first of two cabins planned for this area.
Hikers can take advantage of the warmth, with a wood burning stove and seating inside, and the back section of the cabin also features a large window with unparalleled views of beautiful sunrises, sunsets and, during the right season, the Northern Lights.

(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Tor Even Mathisen)

(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Tor Even Mathisen)

(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Tor Even Mathisen)

(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Tor Even Mathisen)

(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Tor Even Mathisen)

(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Tor Even Mathisen)The difficulty in designing this type of cabin is adapting it to the harsh conditions it’s placed in – the final design was tested with the help of simulated storms.
The project was crowdfunded, with local businesses also offering support, and materials for the outer shell donated by a US wood supplier known as Kebony.
It took several volunteers four days to put together the main structure, cladding and outer panels, based on designs provided by Spinn Arkitekter.

(Picture: SPINN Arkitekter / Format Engineers)

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If you find yourself wandering about Hammerfest in Norway, keep your eyes out for the cabin.
Bring a snack or pour yourself a cuppa from your thermos, as you refresh your mind and body with a moment’s solitude, far away from any distractions.
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