Øvre Forsland Power Plant by Stein Hamre arkitektkontor

Located on the river bed in a clearing at the edge of a spruce forest, the Øvre Forsland is a medium-sized hydropower plant that features a vertically banded facade of glass and durable wood Kebony, which reflects the characteristics of the situation and at the same time, it is spectacular.

Architects: Stein Hamre arkitektkontor
Location: Helgeland, Norway
Photographs: Bjørn Leirvik

Designed by local practice Stein Hamre Arkitekt Kontor and commissioned by hydropower producer Helgelandskraft AS, the Øvre Forsland power station has been designed to educate hikers about power production by allowing visitors to experience the production of hydraulic electricity at various points.

From the bridge, the visitor can experience the water flow out of the station, and through the large openings, one can see into the heart of the production and the inner workings process.

Inspiration from architects:

The main inspiration for the design was the verticality and the irregularity of the spruce trees and rock formations. The lighting design of the interior is inspired by the mystery of the Northern Lights.