THE Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) has completed the first of a series of unique ‘daytrip cabins’, built to make treks in the Norwegian Mountains more accessible for novice hikers and explorers.
Planning began in 2015 , when the egg-shape and faceted stone like appearance was first developed by architects SPINN Arkitekter (Norway) and Format Engineers (UK). The need for a uniquely durable and sustainable timber cladding material was also realised during the design process. Since then, construction of the cabin has been aided by local companies and the community through financial contributions, special deductions, free work and lending of tools and equipment.
The 150 square foot cabin was built with innovative materials such as weather resistant and sustainable Kebony to clad the panelled façade, protecting both hikers and the natural landscape. The incorporation a large window into the design also allows for the panoramic views to be enjoyed from inside the cabin.
Kebony, an enhanced wood, was chosen by designers to clad the cabin due to resistance to wear and weathering, sustainable credentials and unique appearance. Developed in Norway, Kebony’s technology is an environmentally friendly process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol – an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability.
James Dodson, at SPINN Arkitekter commented, “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.”