The relationship between man and nature is metaphorically a relationship between two different scales. Pulpit Rock is a place to see yourself in both those scales, experience extreme conditions of the landscape and face your fears.
The new element on the site puts man in a new context, emphasizing the uncomfortable sensation, yet drawing man to go deeper into the cliff.
The intervention consists of two elements: a restaurant present in the landscape since the beginning and a viewpoint that creates a certain surprise.
The restaurant is located in the place of a missing part of the rock in order to integrate it with the scenery. The mirror glass facade creates an unexpected visual effect by reflecting the surroundings and hiding itself in the reflection.
The viewpoint starts with a surprising entrance followed by the stairs going down into the rock, leading to the breathtaking view. When the path goes through the rock, the walls are covered with a metal cladding. The view framed by steel structure is not disturbed. When the rock walls finish the frame changes into a glass balustrade. The stairs continue, the perspective gets wider and the fear grows. Each step is a new view and a new experience.
58°59’17.9»N 6°11’20.2»E Architecture idea competition organised by Rethinking Team : Benjamin Nicaud, Joanna Orlowska Preikestolen, Norway, 2015