Vertical Boathouse

The Vertical Boathouse is placed in Årdal, the breaking point between Norways largest fjord and the massive mountain range of Jotunheimen.


  • Håkon Matre Aasarød
  • Magnus Kvalheim
  • Anna Forslöw
  • Beate Bjørnerud


  • Årdal Utvikling


The vertical boathouse is located at the end of a fjord, where the long-stretched shoreline of Norway meets the massive verticality of the Jotunheimen mountains.

The pavilion starts off as a simple boathouse creating shelter underneath a cantilevering roof. As it extends along the marina, the horizontal building shifts into a vertical structure, lifting the visitor’s perspective from the seaside to the vast mountains in the distance.

The pavilion is contains a public sauna, storage for old boats, and a vertical mountain museum.

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