This Norwegian Cabin's Roof Doubles as an Observation Deck
"The project started with an idea of how to utilize this naturally sheltered area surrounded by large rocks and dense vegetation," writes Lung Hagem Arkitekter, the firm responsible for this tiny vacation home in Sandefjord, a coastal town 120 kilometers south of Oslo. The home is only accessible by boat or a path through dense forest, and clocks in at 30 square meters, or 322 square feet. Its design capitalizes on the natural privacy of the secluded site.
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Its distinctive roof shape forms steps to an observation deck. The architects write, "The idea developed to create a way to climb up from this shelter to see the panoramic view over the sea, which led to the characteristic shape of the roof: a stepped ramp leading up from the terrain...connecting to the landscape beyond."
A west-facing concrete terrace with a fire pit encourages outdoor enjoyment day or night. "It is vital that these outdoor rooms are sheltered from the wind, so in this project the building itself forms a sheltering screen," write the architects.
Interestingly, the firm chose to "restrict" views from inside the house, forcing the focus to the "intimate aspects" of the home's setting. The simple material palette, including oak, white concrete, and glass, further makes the tiny cabin feel of a piece with the surroundings.
Architect: Lund Hagem Architect
Builder: STAKS AS Sandefjord
Structural Engineer: eStatikkrådgivende ingeniører AS
Concrete supplier: Uniocn AS
Timber supplier: TIMBER AS, Stokke
Fittings, membranes, VIP isolation: Vestfold Kobber og Blikk AS, in collaboration with Franco Bløchlinger
Glass: APS Larvik