Ex Machina Puts Spotlight on Norway

The filming took place in Juvet Landscape Hotel. The hotel, designed by Norwegian architects Jensen and Skodvin and opened five years ago, attracts attention with its organic simplicity, modern design and tranquil setting, writes The Independent. 

It was built as part of a government initiative to develop 18 National Tourist Routes throughout Norway to highlight the country’s dramatic landscapes. The project started in 1994 and is due to be completed this year.

The idea of a landscape hotel emerged as an opportunity to exploit breathtaking scenery with minimal intervention, allowing locations which would otherwise be prohibited for reasons of conservation.  

The Juvet Landscape Hotel is located at Valldal, near the town of Åndalsnes in north-western Norway. Passing tourists are attracted by a spectacular waterfall in a deep gorge near the road, «Gudbrandsjuvet». The client, Knut Slinning, is a local resident.

The site for the hotel is a nature reserve. After extensive negotiations with conservation authorities, permission was eventually granted for a plan allowing a maximum of 28 rooms to be built without the need for rock blasting or changing the terrain.

Instead of a conventional hotel with guest rooms stacked together in one large building, the idea was to distribute the rooms throughout the site as small individual houses.

The technology 

Every house has one or two walls that are entirely built in glass. Through careful orientation every room gets its own exclusive view of piece of the landscape, changing with the season, the weather, and the time of day. No room looks into another so the rooms are experienced as private even though curtains are not used. We wanted to give the rooms an experienced space that is as large as the landscape.

The first seven rooms are built in a massive wood construction with no exterior insulation, and are intended for summer use only. Each building rests on a set of 40mm massive steel rods drilled into the rock, existing topography and vegetation left almost untouched. The glass is set against slim frames of wood, locked with standard steel profiles, using stepped edges to extend the exterior layer of the main glass surfaces all the way to the corners.

The interiors are treated with transparent oil with black pigments, so that reflections from the inner surface of the glass wall are minimized. Shelves, benches and a small table are all built by the same massive wooden elements to maintain a certain degree of monotony that goes well with the complex nature views and to keep the visual presence of the interior at a minimum.

The Movie

As for the movie, Ex Machine, the movie is in Drama, Sci-Fi genre. Ex Machina tells the story of a computer coder, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), who wins the chance to spend a week at the house in the mountains belonging to Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the CEO of the company he works for. The young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. 

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