Space for Waiting

We are so focused on going and doing, efficiently and quickly – and much of our world is designed toward this.

But what about the time we spend waiting? How do we design for it?

The Eames designed iconic benches are still common in waiting areas in airports. But now, for a less common waiting situation, Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta designed a pavilion for a very specific task – sitting and spending time observing wild reindeer. The masterfully crafted wood pavilion in a national park in Northern Norway is the last area where the animals roam wild. The design provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and a soft wood, undulating seat for optimal reindeer viewing. The wooden beams were constructed using ship building techniques, and a Gyrofocus fireplace hangs from the ceiling to provide warmth while you wait.