When you gotta go, you gotta go. Even when you’re on a road trip in the middle of nowhere in Norway. So, to combine both practical and beautiful, Norwegian Scenic Routes hired architect Haugen/Zohar (HZA) to renovate the Uredd Rest Area along the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten, including its public bathroom.

Norwegian Scenic Routes are 18 road sections all across the country that have been selected for their beautiful natural landscapes. According to their website, taking a trip on one of these beautiful sections “is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas.”

Ureddplassen (the Uredd Rest Area) is one of these viewpoints, and because it is a very popular spot for visitors to see the northern lights in the winter and the midnight sun in the summer, it deserved special attention.

The wave-shaped toilet facility is made of frosted glass and concrete and is probably the toilet with the best view in all of Norway.

Photo: Norwegian Scenic Routes by Architect Haugen/Zohar

The Uredd rest area project also encompassed the redesign of the memorial monument “Uredd” along with a new viewing terrace, benches, and an amphitheater that leads visitors down to the beach area.

Photo: Norwegian Scenic Routes by Architect Haugen/Zohar

Photo: Norwegian Scenic Routes by Architect Haugen/Zohar

The renovation of Uredd cost over $1.9 million USD (NOK 15 million) and will open in a few weeks.