[KOKO architects] Skåpet, Norwegian Trust-based Off-grid Lodges for Hikers


Very Norwegian minimalistic yet sturdy eco-friendly cabins with off-grid operation; water comes from a nearby lake, heating and sauna comes from wood-burning, electricity comes from solar panel array.
And the great thing is that these cabins operate on a trust system; everyone replenishes the food supply, brings firewood and cleans up after themselves before they leave; Visitors take care of the visitors coming after them.


Location: Soddatjørn, Norway
Client: Stavanger Turistforening
Commission: 2013
Completed: 2016
Size: 350 m2


In 2013, the Norwegian Tourism Association organized an architectural competition to construct self-catering mountain lodges for the hiking trail around Lysefjord and on the rocky shores of the Soddatjørn Mountain Lake. The competition criteria stipulated that the lodges must be contemporary, easy to maintain and use ready-made factory modules in order to avoid long construction periods in the inaccessible mountains and unpredictable weather conditions.


The solution by KOKO architects takes the wilderness experience one step further. The group of buildings includes a main building, sleeping cabins, a toilet with a storage room and a sauna. Water can be taken from the lake and there is no main electricity supply. The main building, sleeping cabins and sauna will be heated using wood. There are two gas stoves in the kitchen that visitors can use at the same time and a solar panel provides lighting. The hikers can wash themselves in the sauna where the washing room is located directly above a mountain stream.


The exterior finishes on the lodges are of rolled zinc, which resists the wind and snow and does not require maintenance for decades. The interior uses a lot of wood, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere. All of the buildings have a wall of glass with panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque landscape. The main building with its rectangular plan and kitchen, living area and sleeping facilities for 11 quests, can accommodate 30 to 35 trekkers. The smaller lodges can accommodate five. The rooms in the main building are arranged to encourage interaction between different trekking parties. The mountain lodges were opened to all visitors and hikers in August 2016.



Very neat and clever, utilizing Norwegian wood~

Link; KOKO Architects SKAPET Page


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