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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.

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"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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