Vøringsfossen is the largest waterfall in Norway and the third most visited tourist attraction, next to the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo. The project covers a large area, including a visitors centre, a footbridge over the waterfall, several look-out points and service facilities. The area also includes an existing hotel.

From the competition description:
-  The edge between the mountain plateau and the canyon forms the most significant line on the site. This edge line defines the waterfall and explains the creation of the dramatic topography. The spatial impression of the canyon has an overwhelming and obscure power. The waterfall becomes the image to which these forces can be connected.

The ambition of the project is to make this event into one thing, one quality. The project embraces the canyon and the waterfall. The footpath establishes a continual experience, constantly pursuing new viewpoints, new sounds, spaces and moods.

The main challenge of the project is how to make structures on the very edge of the rock. Buildings and platforms have to be anchored about 1.5m back from the cliff, both because of geological conditions and to avoid costly scaffold work. The 42-meter staircase footbridge is designed in seven pre-fabricated elements to be mounted by helicopter.

An important part of the plan is also to school local plant species and re-establish vulnerable vegetation destroyed by heavy foot traffic. The area will be drifted by grazing animals.


Project name:

Vøringsfossen Waterfall Area

Architect: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk


Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk (PL)
Rickard Riesenfeld
Hilde Rostadmo
Quentin Le Guen-Geoffrey
Anette Bringsverd
Elisabeth Øymo

Client: National Tourist Routes in Norway
Address: Vøringsfossen, Eidfjord County
Vegetation consultant: Holo Consult
Structural consultant: Siv. ing. Finn-Erik Nilsen (civil engineering)
Kristoffer Apeland AS (RIB)
Aalerud Hamar (HVAC)
IBR elprosjekt (RIE)
Multiconsult (geology)
Multiconsult (traffic)
Photos: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk (CVH)
Rickard Riesenfeld (CVH)
Illustrations: Anders Holmer/CVH
Site area: 150 000 m2 (complete project area)
Total floor area: 1 000 m2 (new structures, heated)



Vøringsfossen Waterfall Area
Eidfjord. 2008 -

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