Collection by Caroline Wallis

Here's What Norse Mythology and Modern Architecture Have in Common


From skiing to soaking up the sun, a family retreat for all seasons.

Located in California’s Sugar Bowl neighborhood, this shadowy lair by Mork-Ulnes Architects looks like something out of fairy tale. “We call the house Troll Hus, with a reference to the otherworldly beings in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore that are said to dwell in remote mountains,” architect Casper Mork-Ulnes says. Hovering over a concrete plinth, the vacation home accommodates three generations of skiers. The orientation of the home places most of the communal living areas along the sun-exposed south facade, and storage spaces along the north facade. The house’s concrete base allows for ski storage and changing area during the snowy season. And when the family isn’t skiing, they can enjoy a partially roofed patio during the summer.

The exterior timber cladding is coated with black tar, a traditional Norwegian treatment.
Construction during Lake Tahoe’s snowy season posed the biggest building challenge.
“The owners were looking for a relaxed, welcoming environment.
Imported Tyrolean dining chairs and a custom bench designed by Lexie pair well with the family’s antique leaf table...
Beyond the open-air living and dining rooms, the master bedroom is also accessible by the shaded patio.
The open-plan kitchen serves the family’s needs for easy entertaining.
Taking inspiration from Arlberg Valley, Austria to classic Nordic materials, the Troll Hus certainly adds a European...
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