Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city center

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Location:
Wilses gate 4 is located in an upcoming vibrant part in the heart of Oslo city center. The location has grown to be a popular hangout for its many restaurants and bars. Torggata, a nearby street is now reserved for pedestrians and bicycle riders. You can find everything from Starbucks coffee to bubble tea, from kebabs to fine dining, and from trendy fashion to a dedicated cap store. The street that used to be just another street har become a destination itself, as well a natural link between the trendy Grünerløkka and the vibrant Youngstorget.

Background of the concept idea:
Norway’s house prices have accelerated dramatically in the past years. In Oslo the house prices skyrocketed by 17,48% inflation-adjusted during the year ti Q4 2016. Since then, prices has increased and the smaller apartments are over bid as first buyers can only afford them. To make value of every sqm the team behind Wilses gate 4 want to challenge all the unpractical new builds and make highly functional and spacious apartments even so the space are small. We want to challenge the visual and quality perception in busy people living in urban cities. Instead of choosing plain new builds and be comfortable with that, we produce high quality homes. We strongly believe in the quality and easy living will affect people in a positive way. Owning less, have more time and focus on the important things in life. By introducing birch plywood and Japanese inspiration, we add simplicity and relaxation into people’s life.

The project:
The apartment was an original 51-sqm 1-bedroom, and is now after a 2 years comprehensive renovation, transformed into a highly functional and spacious 2-bedroom apartment. By adding custom-made furniture and sliding doors made of birch plywood, the owners has emphasized the Nordic interior style with a touch of Japanese simplicity to make a modern city home. The original plan is now re-arranged by an architect to be as functional as possible, and at the same time utilize the brightness from the many windows the apartment has. The Japanese inspired sliding door goes from floor to ceiling and function as a fully flexible room divider. The door has multiple functions, either to have a fully open living room or to keep privacy in in the guest room or while working. To hide the kitchen while cooking or hide the mess is also great on some occasions. The bathroom is kept neat and tidy, with bright and a tight look. The architect has made a niche for the washing machine, and dryer. A huge sliding door in same style as the living room enters the master bedroom, which was the kitchen before, and now turned into a functional bedroom with lots of wardrobe space and in the mid-section function as a path to the quiet balcony facing the backyard of the building. The common of all material used in the apartment is birch plywood which the owners has cut with CNC and handmade with details added such a brass and surfaced treated with natural furniture soap.

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Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, Console Tables, Bench, End Tables, Table Lighting, Wall Lighting, Sofa, Coffee Tables, and Pendant Lighting. Living room: with oak herringbone floor, custom made 5 meter long tv-bench made of birch plywood. Treated with natural soap and osmo wax. Dining table also made of same materials with doubled 18 mm plywood glued together and added brass details. By creating an open space plan, the living room looks more spacious with the natural light added. LED lighting on the transition of wall/ceiling and on the tv bench. Photo  of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Living room: with oak herringbone floor, custom made 5 meter long tv-bench made of birch plywood. Treated with natural soap and osmo wax. Dining table also made of same materials with doubled 18 mm plywood glued together and added brass details. By creating an open space plan, the living room looks more spacious with the natural light added. LED lighting on the transition of wall/ceiling and on the tv bench.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bench, Ceiling Lighting, Bed, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wall Lighting, and Chair. From bedroom til living room. Lots of natural lighting, even when the sliding door is partly closed. Daybed for relaxing moments after a hard and busy day at work. The work space is lightened up with LED on the wall/ceiling. Worktop desk is made of birch plywood with lots of storage. Photo 2 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

From bedroom til living room. Lots of natural lighting, even when the sliding door is partly closed. Daybed for relaxing moments after a hard and busy day at work. The work space is lightened up with LED on the wall/ceiling. Worktop desk is made of birch plywood with lots of storage.

Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Bookcase, Medium Hardwood Floor, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, Bench, Chair, and Bed. Bedroom/work space. Relaxing work enviroment. Photo 3 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Bedroom/work space. Relaxing work enviroment.

Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, Wood Cabinet, Medium Hardwood Floor, Dishwasher, Cooktops, Undermount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Wood Counter. Sliding door separating the rooms. The heart of the living room. The japanese inspired sliding doors acts fully flexible as room divider. When having guest it can be fully closed and for full privacy a curtain is available. Kitchen can also be closed and noise cancelling when cooking, or fully closed during messy days. Photo 4 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Sliding door separating the rooms. The heart of the living room. The japanese inspired sliding doors acts fully flexible as room divider. When having guest it can be fully closed and for full privacy a curtain is available. Kitchen can also be closed and noise cancelling when cooking, or fully closed during messy days.

Modern home with Doors, Interior, Wood, and Sliding Door Type. Semi open both rooms, providing a more spacious open room. Photo 5 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Semi open both rooms, providing a more spacious open room.

Modern home with Kitchen, Undermount Sink, Wood Counter, Dishwasher, Ceiling Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Refrigerator, and Wood Cabinet. Closed bedroom for full privacy. Sound and light proof curtains can be available inside. Photo 6 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Closed bedroom for full privacy. Sound and light proof curtains can be available inside.

Modern home with Storage Room and Shelves Storage Type. Wall mounted tv bench made of birch plywood and treated with natural soap on the surfaces. Photo 7 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Wall mounted tv bench made of birch plywood and treated with natural soap on the surfaces.

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Medium Hardwood Floor, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, and Bookcase. Living room and a glance into master bedroom. The master provide lots of space on the custom made wardrobe. Photo 8 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Living room and a glance into master bedroom. The master provide lots of space on the custom made wardrobe.

Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Chair. Living room Photo 9 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Living room

Modern home with Dining Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Table, and Ceiling Lighting. Custom made kitchen table with brass details. Photo 10 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Custom made kitchen table with brass details.

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Chair, Bookcase, Shelves, Storage, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Custom made tv bench of birch plywood. Photo 11 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Custom made tv bench of birch plywood.

Interiør Photo 13 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city center modern homeView Photos

Interiør

Modern home with Office, Desk, Shelves, Medium Hardwood Floor, Study Room Type, Bookcase, Storage, Chair, Lamps, and Library Room Type. Work space Photo 14 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Work space

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Trees, Gardens, Vertical Fences, Wall, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Vegetables, Hanging Lighting, Metal Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Metal Fences, Wall, and Flowers. Outdoor area/balcony Photo 15 of Scandinavian/Japanese concept home in Oslo city centerView Photos

Outdoor area/balcony

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • Johan Tran
Builder
  • Johan Tran, Phuong Luu, Vu Le
Photographer
  • Phuongcostello

Overview

Location
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • Apartment
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2018
  • Square Feet
  • 549