Norway turns toilets into tourist attractionStaff Writer | July 6, 2017
Visitors to Norway's Skjervsfossen waterfall can watch the Storelvi river rush by through a glazed floor panel in the restrooms of this service building, which is clad in local stone to accentuate its connection with the surrounding landscape.
Tourism A glazed floor panel in the restrooms
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. ■