Hidden behind the cast concrete exterior of Hardanger Skyspace lies a glowing, colour-infused observatory – the 82nd such installation by land artist James Turrell.
Like his other Skyspaces, this installation – located in the village of Øystese in Norway – is open to the heavens via an oculus. A single, heated bench rings the interior of the space, filled with soothing, colour-changing light designed to enhance people’s perception of the sky above.
Bergen-based architecture studio A-Works collaborated with Turrell on the octagonal building, choosing its shiplap-style cladding to echo the design of a nearby church, as well as the grey of Hardanger slate. The Hardanger Fjord stretches away into the distance, like the misty Hardangervidda mountain plateau – the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
Hardanger Skyspace can accommodate 18 people at a time, with tickets costing NOK 150.