Norwegian Wood

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March 4, 2009

Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations, but recently, as Kiehl tells us, it was time for an upgrade.

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  “People scold us if we don’t raise the kite,” says Holm (sitting with Kiehl,). From the bench outside, the couple can wave to friends passing in boats and make use of the long summer evenings.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    “People scold us if we don’t raise the kite,” says Holm (sitting with Kiehl,). From the bench outside, the couple can wave to friends passing in boats and make use of the long summer evenings.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Neighbors can tell the Holm-Kiehls are at home when their boat is tied at the dock and their Japanese koi kite flies over the front door.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Neighbors can tell the Holm-Kiehls are at home when their boat is tied at the dock and their Japanese koi kite flies over the front door.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Kiehl’s mentor, Horst Beier, built a ladder from the living room to the guest-bedroom loft.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Kiehl’s mentor, Horst Beier, built a ladder from the living room to the guest-bedroom loft.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Built-in benches function both as seating and as spare beds in the living room. Holm says the striped, hand-woven fabric she found in Greece is indestructible, and the cork flooring throughout the house has gone 40 years without needing replacing.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Built-in benches function both as seating and as spare beds in the living room. Holm says the striped, hand-woven fabric she found in Greece is indestructible, and the cork flooring throughout the house has gone 40 years without needing replacing.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The master-bedroom addition juts forth like a prow of a ship.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The master-bedroom addition juts forth like a prow of a ship.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Kiehl's original sketch of Hanko hangs on the wall.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Kiehl's original sketch of Hanko hangs on the wall.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Magnets and hooks keep kitchen necessities within reach.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Magnets and hooks keep kitchen necessities within reach.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Blocked from the wind, a deck at the rear of the house is a favorite place for sunbathing and also shelters planters of herbs.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Blocked from the wind, a deck at the rear of the house is a favorite place for sunbathing and also shelters planters of herbs.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The sauna door handle is a simple piece of driftwood. “One principle rule I followed,” says Kiehl, “was: Don’t build on outdoor space if it can work as outdoor living space. Norwegian summers are short. We want to be outdoors as much as possible.”  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The sauna door handle is a simple piece of driftwood. “One principle rule I followed,” says Kiehl, “was: Don’t build on outdoor space if it can work as outdoor living space. Norwegian summers are short. We want to be outdoors as much as possible.”

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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