Raulandsakademiet is situated in the mountains of south central Norway and located in the small village of Rauland at the foot of the Rauland Mountains near the Hardanger Platau.
Rauland folk high school and academy was first opened in 1974. Courses included art, ecology, outdoor recreation, drama, philosophy, and history of ideas. In 1987 the folk high school was closed, and Raulandsakademiet (Rauland's Academy) - The Norwegian Center for Folk Culture was founded.
The oldest part of the main building was built in 1974, designed by architects Mogens Friis and Anne Tinne Kjelland Friis. It is a typical modern building from this time period, featuring untreated concrete, strong, exposed ceiling beams and large panorama windows. During the years the original character of the building has been preserved through several expansion projects and regular maintence.
Standing in contrast to the concrete main building, Telemarkstunet was erected in 1989-1994. The log-cabin style buildings form a courtyard of traditional houses that one would have found on a working farm 150-200 years ago.