; An alpine cabin, pieced together like a 3D puzzle, in Norway offers a safe harbour to weary hikers - ELLE DECOR

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An alpine cabin, pieced together like a 3D puzzle, in Norway offers a safe harbour to weary hikers

AUG 19, 2019 | By Nitija Shastri
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT A view of the cabin set near the Norwegian town of Hammerfest features 77 panels in cross-laminated timber; An exterior view of the hut in evening light; A sight of the hut under the northern lights; An exterior view of the hut shaped cabin; Photographs by Tor Even Mathisen
CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT The cabin is built to withstand arctic winter storms and extreme wind conditions; A sight of the hut under the northern lights; In frame, tourists inside the hiking hut; Photographs by Tor Even Mathisen

Emerging out of the mountains and rising like a tortoise shell against a starklandscape, this alpine cabin in the Scandinavian town of Hammerfest—thenorthernmost city in the world—is the latest addition to the country’s collection ofspectacular refuges for hikers. The cabins, designed by Norwegian SPINN Arkitekter and UK-based FORMAT Engineers, feature an outer shell comprising 77 panels in cross laminated timber that “fit together like a 3D puzzle.” Set atop the hills of Storefjell and Tyven, the 324 sq ft cabins offer trekkers a warm respite amid a snowy terrain. They come equipped with a stove and a window that offers panoramic views, which is sure to energise enervate climbers.