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Tourism officials splurge NOK 3 million on public convenience. It is hoped the new facility in Northern Norway will attract more tourists and bring inspiration. Ersfjord is a village located on Troms County’s island of Senja, the second-largest island in Norway. It is known for its beautiful beach area and has 28 inhabitants.        The facility, which has a NOK 3 million-plus price tag, will be ready in October, reports say.

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Tourism officials splurge NOK 3 million on public convenience

Published on Monday, 22nd September, 2014 at 13:47 under the news category, by Martyna Kwaśniewska and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 22nd September 2014 at 16:30.

It is hoped the new facility in Northern Norway will attract more tourists and bring inspiration.

The facility in Ersfjord
A view of the new multi-billion kroner lavatory seen from the road.The facility in Ersfjord
Photo: Tupelo arkitektur AS


Ersfjord is a village located on Troms County’s island of Senja, the second-largest island in Norway. It is known for its beautiful beach area and has 28 inhabitants.       

The facility, which has a NOK 3 million-plus price tag, will be ready in October, reports say.

“We’re excited about the result and are confident that it will be very nice. This money is not planned for road works. It’s to be spent on enriching the beautiful scenery we have,” National Tourist Route construction manager Hugo Fagermo told NRK.

“I think it's a great project that fits nicely into the whole that is created here on the outer-facing [western] side of Senja.”

According Mr Fagermo, the cost of the facility is high because it is designed by an architect.

Tupelo arkitektur architect Knut Hovland informs The Foreigner that the public convenience is made from a mixture of “massive wood, clad in a mixture of copper, aluminum and brass” to give a gold effect.

“The wood inside is coated with a red varnish. This is a color found in traditional Norwegian outside lavatories,” he says, adding the exterior/interior combination is similar to the principle of a violin case.

Measuring about 3.4 meters at its highest point, and 1.8 meters at its lowest (some 11 and 6 feet, respectively), the roadside facility’s washbasin and sanitary unit are made from steel for ease of maintenance and cleaning purposes.

There is also a cold-water shower outside so people who have visited the beach can wash the white sand from the beach off their feet.

What is the construction’s most special feature, in your opinion?         

“The shape mirroring the landscape that you can see when you come driving towards it. The red skylight is like a lantern, and the idea is for motorists to be able to see the light shining from the interior through it at night all year round,” remarks Mr. Hovland.



Published on Monday, 22nd September, 2014 at 13:47 under the news category, by Martyna Kwaśniewska and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 22nd September 2014 at 16:30.

This post has the following tags: tourism, travel, norway, toilets, wc, lavatory.





  
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