The telemark canal - soria moria

The Telemark Canal is an important, historic attraction in the region. However, visiting numbers have declined in recent years due to rising competition with other destinations. Tourists, as well as locals need reminding of what the canal and its breath-taking surrounding landscape have to offer.  The Telemark Canal Regional Park wishes to facilitate this “re-discovery” through the use of architecture, art and lighting design in a large-scale tourism and attraction project called “The tales of a waterway”.  

The project is split into six sub-projects, one for each municipality along the 105km long canal. As well as project managing the overall project, Feste Landscape / Architecture (in collaboration with landscape architect Inge Dahlman, artist Maria Klyvare and lighting designer Tobias Olsson) are in charge of the design of the first of the six sub-projects. 

SORIA MORIA at Dalen Hotel

A precise timber walkway follows the shoreline of the Bandak lake, the starting point of the Telemark Canal. At the end of the walkway, some thirty metres out on the lake, a shingle-clad cluster of buildings take form. The shingle cladding is a mix between traditional timber shingles and brass shingles, creating an unexpected effect and referencing the history of the place and its story telling traditions. Towards the end of the 19th century, rich and influential people from all over Europe would travel to Dalen Hotel to experience nature in its purest, most untouched form. 



Project info:

Location: Dalen, Telemark
Client: Telemark Canal Regional Park
Architect: David Fjågesund
Landscape architect: 
Inge Dahlman
Artist: Maria Klyvare
Lighting design: Tobias Olsson

Project period:  2015-