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Japanese Inspired Summer Retreat

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An architect recasts a 1960s artist’s retreat in southeastern Norway.
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  Sævik compares her house to a contemplative hideout. “It’s very quiet,” she says. “You can concentrate and let thoughts fly.” Her favorite summer pastimes include reading, painting, drawing, yoga, and “just sitting and feeling the forest,” she says.  Photo by: Ivan BrodeyCourtesy of: Ivan Brodey
    Sævik compares her house to a contemplative hideout. “It’s very quiet,” she says. “You can concentrate and let thoughts fly.” Her favorite summer pastimes include reading, painting, drawing, yoga, and “just sitting and feeling the forest,” she says.

    Photo by: Ivan Brodey

    Courtesy of: Ivan Brodey

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  The 1950s desk in the office is from the original house; the chair is by Aksel, a Norwegian furniture company. Sævik designed the pencil holder.  Photo by: Ivan BrodeyCourtesy of: Ivan Brodey
    The 1950s desk in the office is from the original house; the chair is by Aksel, a Norwegian furniture company. Sævik designed the pencil holder.

    Photo by: Ivan Brodey

    Courtesy of: Ivan Brodey

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  Sævik designed the wood tub in the bathroom, which features an adjacent sauna. The Inxx A5 faucet is by Mora.  Photo by: Ivan BrodeyCourtesy of: Ivan Brodey
    Sævik designed the wood tub in the bathroom, which features an adjacent sauna. The Inxx A5 faucet is by Mora.

    Photo by: Ivan Brodey

    Courtesy of: Ivan Brodey

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  The house is divided into three sections connected by a series of outdoor galleries. “When I walk from one room to another, I have to go outdoors and feel the weather and nature—rain, cold, and sun,” says Sævik. 
Instead of emphasizing the expansive panorama of oak, pine, and aspen trees, the house frames select views—a move inspired by Japanese design.  Photo by: Ivan BrodeyCourtesy of: Ivan Brodey
    The house is divided into three sections connected by a series of outdoor galleries. “When I walk from one room to another, I have to go outdoors and feel the weather and nature—rain, cold, and sun,” says Sævik. Instead of emphasizing the expansive panorama of oak, pine, and aspen trees, the house frames select views—a move inspired by Japanese design.

    Photo by: Ivan Brodey

    Courtesy of: Ivan Brodey

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  The interiors are clad in white-glazed pine, a contrast to the black-stained facade. The brick fireplace is original. Near a Polder sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra is a coffee table of Sævik’s design. The rocking chair is vintage and came with the house.  Photo by: Ivan BrodeyCourtesy of: Ivan Brodey
    The interiors are clad in white-glazed pine, a contrast to the black-stained facade. The brick fireplace is original. Near a Polder sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra is a coffee table of Sævik’s design. The rocking chair is vintage and came with the house.

    Photo by: Ivan Brodey

    Courtesy of: Ivan Brodey

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  A section of the roof reaches over a rock outcropping—a detail that visually connects the house to the landscape and offers a handy way to climb up to the roof deck without using a ladder.  Photo by: Ivan BrodeyCourtesy of: Ivan Brodey
    A section of the roof reaches over a rock outcropping—a detail that visually connects the house to the landscape and offers a handy way to climb up to the roof deck without using a ladder.

    Photo by: Ivan Brodey

    Courtesy of: Ivan Brodey

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