Björk restaurant, a wood tent in the middle of the snow

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Hemavan is a ski resort in Sweden where the panoramic views are outstanding. It is also the place where Murman Arkitekter designed this giant wood tent called Björk Restaurant, a restaurant with food and beverages from local production in which rest for lunch after a long day skiing.

Björk restaurant roof allows snow to slip down its edges and so this way it integrates with the ski piste during the winter

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Named after the Swedish word for birch, Restaurant Björk has 350 sqm divided in two levels that can host till 80 people. A prism shape and two triangular gables are its main feature, and contribute to shape a strong form of landscape, like a huge tent visible from the distance. It is also designed to weather over time, with a structure of glue-laminated timber beams visible both inside and outside the building paired with panels of untreated wood.

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Björk Restaurant materials are influenced by local culture and they have been toned down in its colour and expression to leave the importance to the form of landscape. Pale pine surfaces, pine benches and dining tables, a carpet with an earth colour and pendant lights spread a natural atmosphere, slip-free for those who still wear their ski boots when entering inside. A nice spot where enjoy a warm meal in a cold ski day.

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Photography is by Åke E:son Lindman, and Sam Hedman

 

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