The sunmirror in Rjukan

karl-martin-jakobsenkarl-martin-jakobsen.Photo: Karl Martin Jakobsen

A 100 year old idea is realised – a mirror is built up in the mountain side of Rjukan, to capture the sunlight and send it into the market square.

Rjukan is home to a thriving little community which manages without the sun for almost six months of the year. Rjukan lies at the bottom of a valley that is oriented east to west, with Gaustatoppen (at 1883 metres over sea level) and the other surrounding mountains immediately south of the town rendering the city sun-free from September to March.
Rjukan was built by Hydro´s founder Sam Eyde at the beginning of the last century. The town was planned with the best architects and engineers of the time, by Norsk Hydro – a so-called “company town”.
The combination of hydro power, industrial history, and architecture form the basis for Norway´s nomination of Rjukan (and Notodden) as candidates for UNESCO´s World Heritage Site list. This will most likely be formalised on the official list in 2015. READ MORE about The sunmirror in Rjukan



Be the first to comment on "The sunmirror in Rjukan"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.