Norway turns toilets into tourist attraction
Bergen-based architecture studio Fortunen designed the small service building containing two restrooms and a technical room at the site of the waterfall in Norway's Granvin region.
The building is positioned next to a car park on the bank of the river, just downstream from where the waterfall plummets through a narrow channel from the semi-agricultural plateau above.
Skjervsfossen is situated on one of Norway's popular Scenic Routes, which have attracted significant architectural commissions including a mining museum on stilts by Peter Zumthor, and Reiulf Ramstad's visitor centre and path network that zigzags across a rugged mountain landscape.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration and National Tourist Routes in Norway tasked Fortunen with creating a subtle intervention that complements its rugged riverside site and makes the most of views towards the adjacent cliffs and valley. ■