Detour. Architecture and design along 18 National Tourist Routes

 Date:20/06/2008 - 21/07/2008

Experimental architecture and magnificent nature meet in an exhibition showing architectural projects along Norwegian tourist routes. The travelling exhibition is based on an exhibition showed at DogA autumn 2006, and will be in London in July, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Small but sensational architectural projects along Norwegian tourist routes have received national as well as international attention in the last year. These locations - lookout points, picnic areas, service and rest areas - are part of the National Tourist Routes, a project intended to add an extra qualitative dimension to the experience of the Norwegian countryside, as well as meeting the basic needs of car tourists and other travellers.

Today, four roads; Sognefjellet, Old Strynefjell Road, Hardanger and Helgeland Coast North, are defined as National Tourist Routes, and a total of 18 will be developed by 2015. The project covers 1850 kilometres of road.
The curators of the exhibition, Barbro Westling and Peter Johansson, have been inspired by the 19th century’s grand “Kaiser Panorama”, which at the time was a new and spectacular way of displaying pictures. The “Kaiser panorama” in Detour is about 2.3 metres high, and 5-7 metres in diameter. The audience can watch the Norwegian landscape and different architecture projects throughout Norway through peepholes. The film inside consists of loops of approximately 15 minutes and will be shown on the semicircular screen on the opposite wall.

The exhibition Detour also includes seven models:

- Sognefjellet, rest area by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
- Havøysund, rest area by Pushak arkitekter
- Aurlandsfjellet, lookout point by architects Tommie Wilhelmsen and Todd Saunders
- Rondane, lookout point by Carl-Viggo Hølmebak
- Lofoten, avalanche barriers by Landskapsfabrikken
- Geiranger, lookout point and rest area by architects Jensen & Skodvin
- Ryfylke, rest area and parking by Peter Zumthor
The exhibition is organised by the National Tourist Routes Project, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norsk Form and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London.

20 June – 20 July
33 Portland Place

Tungeneset, Senja, Norway. Architect: Code arkitektur, Marte Danbolt. Photo: Hugo Fagermo.


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Askvågen in Møre and RomsdalPhoto: Turistvegprosjektet, Magne Flemsæter

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