Undset Visitors Centre
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Nobel Prize winning author Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) is known for her powerful historical novels. She had a great fascination for nature and created an impressive botanical garden in front of her home, the Bjerkebæk ('Birch Brook') estate in Lillehammer, Norway. This garden will be an important part of the guided tours starting from the elevated ramp of the new visitors centre. Two walls in solid concrete and concrete bricks form an elongated core containing the entrance, rest rooms, kitchen and other service rooms. The straight concrete core is the backdrop for the exhibition area, a taller and lighter space organized by an undulating glass wall. One hardly notices the slim steel columns inside this curving curtain, because of their resemblance to the tree trunks outside. It is as if the concrete roof and floor are cantilevered out from the spine-like core, forming a base for observing the forest and Undset's home.