Norway’s amazing landscape-design road trips

Landscape meets rest stops, viewing platforms, bridges, walkways
The incredible array of structures designed to enhance people’s appreciation of Norway’s breathtaking landscape is reason enough for the road trip of a lifetime, writes Oliver Lowenstein, who edits the cultural magazine Fourth Door Review.
Vertigo-inducing viewing platforms, island-hopping bridges and some unique toilets are just a few of the design flourishes that Norway’s National Tourist Routes program (NTR) has introduced across the country so far this century.
The program has also been an effective incubator for the country’s young, vibrant architectural scene.
In 2004, 18 routes throughout Norway were chosen for the NTR program, aimed at attracting tourists into the stunning, yet rarely visited, landscape through roadside architecture.
The pieces were mostly architectural, but art installations and sculptures were also introduced, and by the end of the decade a spectrum of rest stops, viewing platforms, bridges, walkways and restaurants had been rolled out. Some of the best are described and shown here.
The Guardian


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