Disappearing Path: Snøhetta's installation that hides at high tide

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Studio architects have created a meditative vanishing walkway on Norway's scenic Traelvikosen tourist route

Norwegian judge Snøhetta has created an installation of rocks that come and go with the tide to illustrate the concept of the passage of time. The property is located on the Traelvikosen hiking trail overlooking the Torghatten mountain in Helgeland and encourages travelers to slow down and observe nature.

Disappearing path: Snøhetta installation that hides at high tide

Thanks to the state program “Norwegian Scenic Routes”, on some hiking trails in Norway, tourists, in addition to natural beauties (fjords, mountains, waterfalls), are also waiting for objects of art, design and architecture. The Snøhetta project has blended harmoniously into the natural environment, becoming one of the main attractions of the popular Traelvikosen tourist route.

Disappearing Path: A Snøhetta installation that hides at high tideDisappearing path: Snøhetta installation that hides at high tide

55 steps arranged in a straight line in the water contrast with the rounded shapes of the coast, forest and rocks around. The path leads from the beach to a small island, which offers a beautiful view of the famous mountain Torghatten. It appears at low tide and is completely hidden under water at high tide, which allows the observer to feel and realize the passage of time and the movement of the constantly changing nature around.

Disappearing path: Snøhetta installation that hides at high tideThe Disappearing Path: The Snøhetta installation that hides at high tide

The steps are made from local granite and their appearance complements other types of stone in the area. The distance between each block is small so that the path is safe for tourists. But at the same time, it is noticeable enough so that travelers can look at the water and think about the eternal. “We wanted people walking down the path to have to look down and concentrate on what is below, under their feet, and around,” says Kvamme Hartmann from Studio Snøhetta.

Disappearing path: Snøhetta installation that hides at high tideDisappearing path: Snøhetta installation that hides at high tide

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