Rest area Espenes on National Scenic Routes

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Kinsarvik/Odda, Norway

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Light Bureau


Code Arkitektur AS


Kinsarvik/Odda, Norway


Fovea Studio

ProductsXOOLINE IP67
Contracting clientNPRA, Norwegian Scenic Routes
ContractorBrun Bygg AS
Steel contractorStørksen Rustfri Industri AS

Spectacular Scenic Route attraction in Hardanger

On Wednesday 31 August 2022, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) was opening Espenes rest area with a viewing pavilion and toilet facilities.

Espenes is a great stop between Kinsarvik and Odda, with long traditions as a rest area on National Road 13 in Sørfjorden. The old rest area was used as a lay-down area when the national road was being upgraded, and remained as a large flat gravel surface in the otherwise very steep and hilly landscape. Here, the NPRA has built a new and modern rest area as part of the Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction.

The distinctive feature of this facility is a 64-metre-long and 4-metre-wide structure in stainless steel, with 12 roof modules of varying heights. The roof structure is held up by massive steel pillars on a concrete base plate. The welded steel plates are 6 mm thick and weigh a total of 31 tonnes.

The highest part near the road contains toilet facilities, while seating areas under the low roof structure offer a great view northwards along Sørfjorden. Under the roof vaults, the visitor will experience different sections of the landscape space along with the changing reflections of the light in the steel.

For the exceptional lighting design, Light Bureau was awarded the Norwegian Lighting Design Award 2022 as the best outdoor project. The lighting designers chose the OCEANOS recessed in-ground luminaire and the XOOLINE™ IP67 for this spectacular reference project.

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