Continuing the theme of architecturally spectacular rest areas, here’s another one from Norway that looks too good to be what is in fact a bathroom. Set within the rock formation of Bukkekjerka, an old Sami sacrificial site found on the island of Andøya, is a sculptural pavilion formed by a swooping slab of concrete that angles upward before folding down.
This dramatic roof line creates deep overhangs over a mirrored box on one end that contains the facilities. On the opposite end, it forms a covered space that leads down to the sea. Other features of the rest stop, which the Norwegian Public Roads Administration commissioned Morfeus Arkitekter to design, include a concrete bench that appears to emerge from the rocky landscape, a viewing platform, and narrow footbridge.
Each element is meant to evoke the jagged formations characterizing Bukkekjerka but also to encourage travelers to enjoy the scenery Norway is known for. Andøya makes up one of the 18 scenic routes managed by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Take a look.