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The cottage was constructed around the view.

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Good placements of cabins are characterized, inter alia, by incorporating the terrain and the surroundings, and they have an architecture that provides proximity to the landscape and nature.

The use of materials often is characterized by an extensive use of wood materials, which are usually untreated and, therefore, are gradually silent.

This cabin at Rygge, designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, extends to its full length to get the greatest possible touch on the view.

The architects call it for monstersight because the cottage opens up to the landscape in one direction only.

– This gives the experience inside the house a clear and unique orientation and intensifies the feeling that the landscape needs to enter the house, describes architect Reiulf Ramstad against clicks. no.

The cottage is located in an area of ​​both detached houses and cottages. The plot is slightly sloping natural plot with low vegetation, and with a unique view of the Oslo fjord to the west.

The cottage was completed in 2011.

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FULL OPENING: The front of the cab opens openly to the surroundings and the sea below. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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ENVIRONMENT FASADE: Only the square frosted window suggests that this is a dwelling. But behind the two vertical, perforated rectangles on both sides of the door are also hidden two windows. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Wooden architecture

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This cabin is clad in metal

The cabin is 120 m2 incl. terraces and is built in wooden trusses. While the front opens onto the surroundings and the view, the back appears almost completely closed, almost like a long fence of wood, only divided by a slit leading into the front of the cabin. A frosted square window gives light through to the front of the cabin.

Facades and ceilings are clad in untreated cedars in dimensions 100 x 19 mm, while terraces and stairs are in untreated larch. (The materials are mainly in untreated wood paneling and glass. )

On the ground

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UTE OR INNE?: The glass facade on the front creates creative possibilities for a photographer. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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DOWN: The cottage is almost laid right down the hill. Note, among other things, how the cladding is brought down to the ground. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

When you stand and observe the cabin at a distance, you get a certain impression that it is laid straight down the hill. In some places you can see a base wall.

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This impression is reinforced by the fact that, for example, the front side runs a terrace in almost the entire longitudinal direction and around one side.

“We have been conscious of keeping the building volume as low as possible to take into account the neighboring neighbors,” says Reiulf Ramstad, who says that they visually wanted to emphasize the use of tree structure and building mass without exposing the foundation wall as a architectural element.

– In addition, the plot was measured with 10cm koter, which made it possible for very accurate cladding and terrain conditions, Ramstad expands..


The one that immediately hits one when approaching from the back of the cabin is the clean lines. The rectangular shape, which is almost completely free from protrusions and deflections, creates an impression of heavy substance.

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The model shows the extensive use of window surfaces. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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PERFORERT WINDOW OPENING: The rear of the cabins enters a closed impression, and is enhanced by the fact that the window openings consist of through-holes. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

But when you move around the front page, this impression changes immediately. With the glass facade, the cottage opens openly to the surroundings and the landscape outside. Here you can sit and watch the summer evenings lay the sea flat or the fallstorm send the sea frightening up the swallows.

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Reiulf Ramstad Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

– The holiday home has a clear and simple geometry, and focuses mainly on the west where the building opens to the fjord, Ramstad expands.


The same similarity is left inside. The lines run parallel and meet in a corner, a window frame or a transition between ceiling and wall. No artwork interferes with this linearity. It all gives such a clean impression that it feels like a cleansing to move inside the cabin.

This experience is enhanced by the fact that the whole interior is white-beaded pine, from ceiling to floor, it’s like being inside a white box.

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BUTTON: At the back, the cabin appears approximately closed. Instead of traditional window openings, holes are drilled where the windows are located. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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LIST-FREE: Inside, the joints are made without the use of lists. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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RENT: The whitened interior enhances the clean and simple form expression. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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Sectional view of the cabin’s front. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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BADET: There are no clips from weekly magazines or royal images. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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INNSYNSHEMMENDE: The frosted window on the back reinforces the contrast between the closed back and the transparent front.. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

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