Murman Arkitekter, on of the leading architecture practices in Sweden, designed this unique restaurant in a ski resort. The restaurant is situated in Ramundberget on a small hill where the tree line meets the mountains.
The building finds its place between slow growing birch trees, brooks and rocks. A location that emphasises the building's relation to nature and the seasons, mainly summer and winter. From this site one has a wide view over well-known mountains in Sweden as Helags and Skars.
The visitor can see no other buildings from the site where there is easy access to the ski slopes. The architects wanted a building that harmonised with the landscape's character both in shape, design and materials used. Obviously visible from a distance with an inviting entrance area to the south, the restaurant will work on a sunny day as well as on a harsh winter day around one of the fireplaces inside. The food and drink is based on local specialities.
The architects' ambition was that the interior should be both intimate and spacious, while offering a magnificent view over the mountain peaks around the building.
The material of the facade is given by the surrounding nature; birch logs stand like a huge protecting screen towards the Nordic icy winds. The same material was used for the restaurant's exterior as well as the interior. The building materials were transported to the site by truck and piste
The round shape is a natural choice for an exposed situation and it lets the snow stay on the facade while letting the cold winds pass. It also offers maximal view contact from the inside while opening its embrace forming a protected outdoor space where the visitors can sit in the sun, looking towards the snow-white mountains.
In a certain way it resembles a mini society with its own mountain water and mini sewage treatment works. It could as well have its own wind power station in the future. The design was the winner in the Holiday category of the 2009 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.
Area 340 sqm
125 persons capacity
Construction period: 2008 –January 2009
Architects: Murman Arkitekter
Ulla Alberts, Hans Murman, Ulla Blomberg, Ylva Bergström, Truls