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Trollstigen cafe and visitor centre in Fjord Norway
Trollstigen cafe and visitor centre.
Photo: Jarle Wæhler / Statens vegvesen

“Mr Architecture” Hans Petter Smeby is the brain behind Norway’s streetwise architecture and design magazine Nytt rom. Here are his personal tips for exciting architecture off the beaten track.

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    Despite the success of his anti-mainstream concept he still insists on a hands-on approach to everything from location scouting to magazine production. Which is why Smeby is especially suited to be our guide through ten of Norway’s grooviest architectural hot spots.

  • Utsikten viewpoint, Gaularfjellet

    Architect: Code Arkitektur, 2016

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  • Karmøy Fishery Museum, Rogaland

    Architect: Snøhetta, 1998

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  • Eggum, Lofoten

    Architect: Snøhetta, 2007

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  • Tverrfjellhytta, Dovre

    Architect: Snøhetta, 2011

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  • Stokkøya Sjøsenter, Stokkvika, Trøndelag

    Architect: Pir 2​, 2003

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  • The Petter Dass Museum, Alstahaug

    Architect: Snøhetta, 2007

    The fearless life and work of poet and priest Petter Dass (1647–1707) is the theme of this museum near Sandnessjøen on the Helgeland Coast. The new part, which has a transparent first level, is integrated into the landscape by its situation in a purposely constructed mountain shaft. The museum site also consists of two historic buildings: the medieval Alstahaug church and the old vicarage.

  • Trollveggen Visitor Centre, Møre og Romsdal

    Architect: Reiulf Ramstad, 2012

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  • Vulkan, Oslo

    Architect: LPO, 2012

    Vulkan is a former industrial site by the Akerselva river that has been transformed into a new city district with loads of flair and charm. The heart of Vulkan is Oslo’s food hall Mathallen which lies next to Norway’s national stage for dance. In the surrounding streets, you’ll find the one-star Michelin restaurant Kontrast, stand-alone shops, galleries, and other businesses which are not found elsewhere.

  • Storhamarlåven, Hamar

    Architect: Sverre Fehn, 1974

    The history of the Storhamar barn goes back to the 16th century. For nearly 500 years it has been in almost continuous use for farming purposes. In 1962, architect Sverre Fehn showed proposals for converting the site into a museum using contrasting materials like glass and concrete to enhance the historical parts of the site.

  • The National Museum – Architecture, Oslo

    Architects: Christian H. Grosch and Sverre Fehn,

    The main building of The National Museum – Architecture is a juxtaposition of classicism and modernist architecture – an encounter between Christian Heinrich Grosch (1801–1865) and Sverre Fehn (1924–2009), Norway’s most important architects of the 19th and 20th centuries respectively.

Smeby's tips
The fishing village of Eggum lies on the seaward side of Vestvågøy island, alone between the ocean and the mountains. Read more
Eggum in Lofoten
The Petter Dass-museum at Alstahaug is The County of Nordland´s millennium site. The museum is dedicated to the heritage of the priest and poet Petter… Read more
Petter Dass museum
Stokkøya Sjøsenter and The Beach Bar is situated near one of Norways finest beaches, and has both excellent food, comfortable accommodation and… Read more
Stokkøya Sjøsenter
Trollveggen Visitor Centre is located under Trollveggen , Europe's highest vertical mountain wall. The top shoots stretching nearly 1,800 feet into… Read more
Trollveggen visitor center
Is an architectural viewing pavilion overlooking Tverrfjellet mountain at Hjerkinn. The building was designed by Snøhetta architects and opened in… Read more
viewpoint SNØHETTA
Ustikten is not your average rest stop. The futuristic concrete flake in the middle of the mountains is winning awards. Read more
Utsikten at Gaularfjellet
Domkirkeodden by Mjøsa comprises over 60 antique buildings from the Hedmark villages. Permanent exhibitions are available in Storhamarlåven from the… Read more
Storhamarlåven at Domkirkeodden
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Museum of architecture that explores contemporary and historical themes through drawings, photographs and models. The main building, designed by… Read more
National Museum - Architecture
Karmøy Fishing Museum was designed by the world known architectural firm "Snøhetta", which also has designed the Opera in Oslo and the library in… Read more
Karmøy Fishery Museum
Highlights for architecture lovers
Architect Espen Surnevik’s tips for architectural masterpieces are located in places that also offer many leisure activities.
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Inaugurated in 1950, Oslo City Hall is the city's administrative body and the seat of the City Council. The building has been decorated by great… Read more
Oslo City Hall
Welcome to the home of Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset (1882–1949), one of Norway's great female writers. Her home is a short walk from downtown… Read more
Bjerkebæk - Sigrid Undset's home
New Våler church was inaugurated in May 2015 and it is the largest wooden church in Europe. This is a remarkable building, which has won a… Read more
Våler church in Hedmark
View towards the Rondane mountains from Sohlbergplassen viewpoint in Eastern Norway
Sohlbergplassen viewpoint
The platform frames the view towards the lake and the rounded peaks of the Rondane massif almost exactly as they appear in Harald Sohlberg’s famous…
Sohlbergplassen viewpoint
The Aukrust Center lies in the little town of Alvdal in one of Norway's many beautiful valleys. Its a museum built to house the life work of… Read more
Juvet landskapshotell in Norway
Juvet landskapshotell
Instead of a conventional hotel with guest rooms stacked together in one large building, the idea was to distribute the rooms throughout the site in…
Juvet landskapshotell
The Norwegian Glacier Museum is an award-winning hands-on museum, situated in Fjærland at the head of the Fjærlandsfjord. Read more
Norwegian Glacier Museum
Urnes Stave Church , the oldest of Norway's stave churches, is included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It was built around 1130 AD, but the… Read more
Urnes Stave Church
Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is included on UNESCO's World Heritage… Read more
Bryggen in Bergen
At the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork you can see the unique exhibition about WWII as well as the industrialization of Rjukan. Read more
Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork
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