Winner of the 'Holiday' category at this year's World Architecture Festival, Barcelona, is Restaurant Tusen by Swedish architectural office, Murman Arkitekter. Lying at the snowy outpost of the small but perfectly formed Ramundberget ski resort, Sweden, Restaurant Tusen, with its bark-covered birch tree frontage, stands like some post-apocalyptic fort.
The strangely welcoming imposition of this foodie citadel, situated as it is in the bleak, snowy landscape, is a fine example of Murman Arkitekter's intentions of environmental engagement for reasons both ecological and humanitarian. The carefully chosen location places Restaurant Tusen between the birch trees of its facade, mountain streams and rocky outcrops. This, coupled with its wind-reducing and therefore view-optimising funneled form, makes genuine fulfilment of their goal to create architecture which is absolutely to affect and bring joy to the eye (aswell as the stomach) of the beholder.
Images courtesy of murman arkitekter and WAF with thanks to designboom.com (view more here)