Cold comfort

· Credit: Hemnes Turistforening

If you thought some of the Living Architecture sites were remote, they’re nothing on this. Dune house architect Jarmund/Vigsnaes designed the Rabothytta cabin for the Norwegian Trekking Association, as a base camp for mountain expeditions, overlooking the Okstind glacier. At 66° north, 1200m above sea level and only 60km south of the Arctic circle, this cabin envelope needs to perform, and the highly insulated timber structure was protected with Dupont Tyvek Soft and Supro Grid breather membranes during and after construction. Its placement interstitially will help no end with the product’s robustness. Designed ‘to accommodate up to 30 people’, one can only shudder at the thought of the Nordic après ski parties.