Cabin Norderhov In Norderhov, Norway

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Built in Norderhov, Norway in 2014, this modest-sized yet comfortable cabin was designed by Atelier Oslo. It provides 861 square feet of living space, and since it was constructed on a site that is often battered by strong winds, it features numerous outdoor areas that provide shelter while welcoming the rays of the sun throughout the day.

The residence is found on a steep slope within the Krokskogen forests, outside Hønefoss. It boasts breathtaking views of Steinsfjorden Lake, which can be admired in full by the residents through large windows and glass walls. The cabin’s interior is a continuous space with curved ceilings and walls. The core of the house flaunts a fireplace, which can be seen from almost every room while it is ablaze.

The lodge comprises a main structure made out of laminated timber as well as a secondary structure that was put together using Kerto construction plywood. Support for the entire building is ensured by a series of steel rods and a concrete foundation found directly under the central fireplace.

From the architect:

The project is located in Krokskogen forests, outside the town of Hønefoss. Its location on a steep slope gives a fantastic view over the lake Steinsfjorden.

The site is often exposed to strong winds, so the cabin is organized around several outdoors spaces that provide shelter from the wind and receives the sun at different times of the day.

The interior is a shaped as a continuous space. The curved walls and ceilings form continuous surfaces clad with 4mm birch plywood. The floor follows the terrain and divides the plan into several levels that also defines the different functional zones of the cabin. The transitions between these levels create steps that provide varies places for sitting and lying down.

The fireplace is located at the center of the cabin, set down in the floor of the main access level. This provides the feeling of a campfire in the landscape. Seen from all levels in the cabin, you can enjoy the fireplace from far away or lying down next to it.

Large glass walls are located in the living and dining areas. The frames of the glass are detailed carefully to avoid seeing it from the inside. This creates a more direct relationship with the nature outside.

Outside, the cottage has a more rectangular geometry and the walls and roofs are covered with 20mm basalt stone slabs laid in a pattern similar the ones often used for traditional wooden claddings in Norway.

The lodge consists mainly of prefabricated elements. The main structure is laminated timber completed with a substructure of Kerto construction plywood. The Kerto boards are CNC milled and defines the geometry both externally and internally. The cabin is supported by steel rods drilled directly into the rock, supplemented with a small concrete foundation under the fireplace for stabilization.

Design Team: Nils Ole Bae Brandtzæg, Thomas Liu, Marius Mowe, Jonas Norsted, Juan Ruiz, Bosheng Gan, Sveinn Thorarinsson, Emmanuel Ferm
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lars Petter Pettersen, Courtesy of Atelier Oslo, Jonas Adolfsen

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Consultants: Estatikk AS v/ Sivilingeniør Ole Morten Braathen, Aps AS v/Kåre Wærnes, Moelven Limtre AS v/ Rolf Evensen, Concept design v/Fredrik Eng
Main Conctractor: Byggmester Bård Bredesen

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