Breathtaking Aurland Lookout in Norway

Breathtaking Aurland Lookout in Norway

This breathtaking lookout, created by Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen, has won the first prize in Norwegian tourist routes competition.

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  1. johannes

    Didn’t notice the plexiglass at first, hence was teeing up to write something about things dangerously overemphasizing form over function. It IS pretty cool - but does anyone else think it looks like something out of an Ikea catalogye?

  2. Torgeir from Norway

    Agreed johannes :P

  3. Complicious

    haha i agree Ikea and Old Navy :-) Very cool and beautiful though

  4. Lauren

    agreed on the ikea. i think if it was a darker wood it would blend into the surroundings and not look so “cheap”

  5. lisa

    crazy, but imaginative…..

  6. Ian

    What exactly is the reason/ purpose??? Alot of work for…?

  7. Jim

    The purpose is to give land lubbers a view only birds and airplane pilots get.

    A similar thing as been done at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, with a glass floor so you can, if you don’t suffer from vertigo, look straight down.

  8. DJ

    That is really cool. At first I thought is was a skiing long jump ramp without any snow. When I realized it wasn’t, I couldn’t figure it out until I read the text.

    It reminds me of a scene from The Trouble with Angels. The students are in an art class and one creates something completely baffling. The teacher walks by and says “Charlotte, that’s very imaginative. I don’t know what it is, but it’s very imaginative.”

  9. Sean

    They should take that plexiglass off and reduce the idiot population a little.

  10. Loki

    I was thinking it would be a great launch point for gliders. Just use the cliff side thermals to work your way down the water line. Assuming there’s a place to land somewhere up ahead.

  11. sir jorge

    that is incredible for sure

  12. Jim Jones

    Dude that is too cool. Wouldnt want to roll off the end of it though! LOL

    Jt

  13. rachel

    how do you use it since there are no stairs?

  14. Jared

    Why would there be stairs? you access this platform from the road, and theres plexiglass at the end of it for u to look down. u dont go down anything

  15. brain

    why does the railing go down the other side?

  16. mat

    no let her go down.

  17. mr.jinx

    It doesn’t really blend in with the environment. It is almost an eye sore.

  18. Brian

    Absolutely beautiful!

  19. Don G

    I agree that this has elements of Scandinavian design, but to say it looks like something from Ikea suggests to me you think all Scandinavian design eminates from Ikea, rather than Ikea been influenced by Scandinavian design.

    Also to say it looks cheap beecause it looks Scandavian and therefore Ikea takes the point missing to a whole new level.

  20. Nick Breau

    We just got back from a trip to that area last month, here is what you see looking out from the lookout.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nbreau/2635835171/in/set-72157605971001182/

  21. ceeque

    yep, def needs to be a darker coloured wood finish … it does look a bit cheap and Ikea like this… interesting idea though!

  22. johannes

    Don G - I have no intention of mocking Scandinavian design - in fact, I don’t know anything about Scandinavian design. What I do know, however, is Ikea.

    Personally, I don’t think it looks cheap. On the contrary, it looks very, very expensive.

  23. Chuck

    The plexiglass (it actually looks like real glass) seems to be really thin. I get the willies just looking at it.

  24. Jerke Wadde

    Oh, isn’t it good, Norwegian wood.

  25. Jörel

    It looks like an “ättestupa” - the precipices (allegedly) used in Sweden in the old days as an exit option for those members of society who could no longer make a useful contribution.
    Scary design with the invisible plexiglas protection - on the pictures people seem to keep a robust safety margin just in case…
    Someone commented that it does not blend in with the environment. Why should a provocative design attempt to do that I wonder…?

  26. Sarah

    It’s completely incredible. I love it when wacky people come up with these ideas, because you automatically think wow! It looks great, I didn’t even see the plexiglass until the third photo.

  27. Kym

    A wee bit too tempting for people wanting to comit suicide!
    Just a thought, no-one else had mentioned.
    Peace Love & Light.
    BTW It is gorgeous.

  28. JP

    @Kym.
    When wathcing the view, the suicidal thoughts disappear… if not the urge to fly takes over that is!?

  29. Spacer

    WOW me wants to slide down thatt!!}:-D

  30. Karen

    m..m Makes my toes curl

  31. alex

    Great piece, we would not be talking about it if it blended to the enviroment like most suggested. If I ever felt like plummiting to my death, this sir would be the place.

  32. Doug

    Beautiful, but what I don’t get… how they can put that on an icy curve with no place to park. Looks like a treacherous place to pull over.

  33. tasarimci

    :s

    The purpose is to give land lubbers a view only birds and airplane pilots get.

    A similar thing as been done at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, with a glass floor so you can, if you don’t suffer from vertigo, look straight down.

  34. kirtasiye

    The plexiglass (it actually looks like real glass) seems to be really thin. I get the willies just looking at it.

  35. altınbaş

    Oh, isn’t it good, Norwegian wood.

  36. ob

    why is there no snow on it?

  37. wspinaczka

    Nice, Road to Nowhere ;]

  38. ingilizce

    how do you use it since there are no stairs?

  39. baba

    The purpose is to give land lubbers a view only birds and airplane pilots get.

    A similar thing as been done at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, with a glass floor so you can, if you don’t suffer from vertigo, look straight down.

  40. logo

    What exactly is the reason/ purpose??? Alot of work for…?

  41. pelin

    who will use it?

    Please some one explain?

  42. spriggig

    This will show up in a future James Bond movie, no doubt. He’ll probably drive a Mini Cooper off it or something.

  43. kids girls games

    I agree Ikea and Old Navy too. Very cool but I dont understand that who use it and for :O

  44. me

    been there on a cruise its dope recommend it

  45. Dick

    did anyone else notice the road that runs past this thing? i wonder if on a snowy day someone turns down that thing and goes arse over applecart down into the fjord.

  46. chris

    Remove the glass wall and put a net 25ft below, it would add some more tingle to the view!

  47. Ron Donald

    I loved those pictures they where so great to look at.

  48. William Wallace

    It could be a beautiful piece of artwork as well as a breathtaking view point, but it just misses out. If only it could have blended into its surroundings better, all it needs is a colour change and it would look amazing.

  49. Iris

    Coating it would be masking it to look more like tropical woods, like mahogany. And mild and tropical baby is not exactly Aurland. Or maybe in the summer, global warming is taking it’s toll up north too. I figure, if actually there, you will have seen a lot of the primary color vs white contrast used in building up there, and a bit of naked wood would not be so rad and off put-ish. Not to mention the occasional nude ice bather.
    Besides, showing what the wood looks like on the inside does relate to surroundings, Scandinavian to context. And human intervention is always just that- trying to hide it to much just makes us look a bit disney.

  50. alex

    some nutter’s going to drive his car down it

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