A Look at 10 Minimalist Scandinavian Cabins

A Look at 10 Minimalist Scandinavian Cabins

After a tough, dark winter, the arrival of summer sends Scandinavians off to vacation homes and cabins to enjoy longer days surrounded by nature.

Thanks to their love of minimalist design and respect for their surroundings, Scandinavians have created some incredible getaways in beautiful bucolic settings. Take a look below for a roundup of 10 of our favorites, some of which have been shared by the community through Add a Home

Cabin Norderhov

Architect: AtelierOslo, Location: Norderhov, Buskerud, Norway

The exterior walls and roof of this 538-square-foot seasonal, eco-friendly retreat are clad in overlapping stone plates that mimic the look of traditional wood panelling found in Western Norway. Overlooking Lake Steinsfjorden, it's filled with LED lighting inside and has a chimney pipe that's lined with solar panels. "It provides an affinity with the cabins nearby," partner and architect Nils Ole Bae Brandtzæg explains. 

430 Cabin

Architect: Irene Sævik, Location: Oslo, Norway

Architect Irene Sævik’s summer retreat is located an hour from Oslo. Originally built in the 1960s by the Norwegian artist Irma Salo Jæger, the 430-square-foot cabin was in partial disrepair for years before Sævik purchased it and decided to expand. Scandinavian minimalism and respect for nature have influenced the home's design. 

Cabin GJ-9

Architect: Gudmundur Jonsson Architect, Location: Rogaland, Norway

The pavilion concept of this cabin is emphasized by its large roof, which also serves as a shelter for rainy days.

Vindheim Cabin

Architect: Håkon Matre Aasarød of Vardehaugen Architects, Location: Lillehammer, Norway

The concept of this Scandinavian getaway was simple: to create a cabin that's small and sparse, yet spatially rich. The 592-square-foot cabin, commissioned by a private client and completed in 2016, comprises a large living room, bedroom, ski room, and small annex with a utility room. It functions off the water and electricity grids.

Archipelago House

Architect: Tham & Videgard Hansson Arkitekter, Location: Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden 

A light-weight building in glass and wood, this summer house in the Stockholm archipelago has been inspired by its location. A dark wood exterior, strong vertical presence, and abundance of windows help integrate the residence into its surrounding environment.   Tham & Videgard Hansson Arkitekter

k.21 Skardsøya

Architects: TYIN tegnestue Architects, Location: Skardsøya, Møre- og Romsdal, Norway

Designed by TYIN tegnestue Architects and built by the owners themselves, this cottage celebrates traditional back-to-nature elements in traditional Norwegian culture. Situated amidst marshland, sea-adjacent rock, and scattered pine-and-juniper vegetation, careful consideration was made to protect the sensitive surrounding terrain. Only 328 feet from the sea, some marsh had to be cleared while preparing for the construction, exposing bedrock—which integrated the cottage into the landscape.

Husarö House

Architect: Tham & Videgard Hansson Arkitekter, Location: Outer Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden 

Nestled into a clearing in a forest of tall pines in the Stockholm archipelago, the exterior of this island home is clad entirely in folded black sheet metal. Three glazed sliding doors with hardwood frames provide entrances and direct access to the outdoor areas.

Wood House 1

Architect: Schlyter / Gezelius Arkitektkontor AB, Location: Ingarö, Stockholm, Sweden

Built entirely of wood, this cabin in the forest of Ingarö was constructed in close collaboration with local builders and local woodworking companies—and was inspired by its sylvan setting. 

Cabin Knapphullet

Architect: Lund Hagem , Location: Sandefjord, Norway

Nestled between large rocks and the low vegetation of the Sandefjord coast in Norway, Cabin Knapphullet is a small cabin inspired by its location. At only 323 square feet, it contains an open living space with a bathroom and a mezzanine bed that sleeps two people. Although the building occupies a small footprint, the space expands vertically over four levels, including a roof terrace. 


Architect: Bjartmar & Hylta Arkitekter, Location: Skåne, Sweden

This small vacation home in Sweden’s southernmost province is actually a cabin that has logs covered by blackened vertical board cladding. The living roof has been planted with sedum—a homage to the area's traditional sod roofs.


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