HZA : Ureddplassen

Between pale lighting and dubious toilets, rest areas are usually not a game of fun. It was without counting on the Scandinavian agency HZA which designs in the region of Gildeskål (Norway) a clean and contemporary stop along the scenic route of Helgelandskysten. A little corner of paradise perfectly integrated with the winter landscapes of the north of the country.

More than just a place of passage, the area of ​​Ureddplassen is a place particularly appreciated by tourists since it is a beacon observatory to admire the aurora borealis. A unique space that the architects of HZA have been able to enhance with the addition of a slightly elevated concrete terrace following the curve of the site, on which are arranged opaque walls. The set is equipped with a series of concrete steps on the sea side, allowing travelers to appreciate the environment on different scales.


"The view from the steps is unique and there are many seats well protected from traffic noise. " Steinar Skaar, director of the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten route

A little further, the agency has also rehabilitated a memorial honoring 42 sailors who died in the sinking of the Uredd submarine during the Second World War. A landmark episode in the area that also inspired the name of the rest area.

To learn more, visit the HZA website

Photographs: Steinar Skaar

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