Check the Swedish cabin dream

The Norwegian architect broke with the traditional architecture of the Swedish cottage area.

Check the Swedish cabin dream

Strømstad is a great area for Norwegians to have a cabin. It’s like playing on good roads to drive from Oslo and down to the archipelago huts in Bohuslän, just outside Strömstad. In two hours you spend the Swedish summer dream.

It was this good accessibility, friend’s recommendation, and not least the favorable land prices in Sweden that was the reason why the architect Tim Timber in Pulse Architects, as a relatively newly established architect, was able to invest in 1.4 goals and a cottage almost 140 square meters.

– I saw the potential immediately. The idea was that the cabin would absorb the height differences on the ground, the movement in the terrain, and I wanted the light to flow through all rooms and zones, “said Tim Resen, who is known for huts in Hemsedal and villas in the Holmenkollen area.

In 1997, the fresh architect came as a lightly nervous builder to the Swedish board office with a number of dispensation requests from the regulatory provisions in the folder. Shortly thereafter he came back, very relieved. All his free requests were met without objections. The Swedish authorities looked so close to the fact that new architecture came into this classic cottage area.

Check the Swedish cabin dream

All rooms on the border: The large fireplace is the focus of the combined living and kitchen area. On each side of the fireplace there are niches with shelves and room for wood. There are double doors in the opaque glass front. Just above the fireplace is the gallery, with a children’s bedroom on each side. Photo: Espen Grønli

Check the Swedish cabin dream

Kitchens: The kitchen area is in extension of the living room and the fireplace. The gallery is over and there is a glass wall behind the mountain. Photo: Espen Grønli

Modern Architecture

As a new baked owner, he was also welcomed by his new neighbors. “The importance of emphasizing modern architecture in an area dominated by traditional 50s, 60s and 70s houses was viewed as positive,” says Resen.. The silver gray cabin with its distinctive, pointed profile has become a landmark for many traveling in the area, despite being well retracted from the road, and lies in the shelter of a steep mountain cliff. The main house to the left is a most sensational building in the building. The ground floor combines the living room and kitchen, and right above these two zones hovering an airy gallery.

It has a children’s bedroom for each side. The back wall towards the mountain is made of glass. This means that the evening light and nature get into the cabin from the back, which occasionally gives a magical mood in the room. The ladder up to the gallery is also the architect’s own work. It can be pushed sideways to allow for a flexible use of this important space right towards the sea. The 22 meter long axis, or line of sight, from the do on one side and across the cabin inside, is also an attraction.

A similar line of sight goes outside, along the terraces in front of the building. In summer, the owners can open both the sliding doors and the windows towards the sea. The doors are 3.30 meters wide and 3 meters tall, and when everyone opens, almost the separation between the outside and inside areas.

Check the Swedish cabin dream

Open: The cottage opens to the sky and the sea. Photo: Espen Grønli

Check the Swedish cabin dream

Own design: The long-range shelter by the road is also designed by Tim Resen. It’s 10 x 1 m and the large floor-to-ceiling doors make it easy to load both bikes and inflatables. Photo: Espen Grønli

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Extraction: On the top terrace between the two building bodies there is a great view. Photo: Espen Grønli

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Full scroll: Tim Resen has designed the rollable ladder to guide the gallery. This gives flexibility in the interior. Photo: Espen Grønli

Bedroom with view

The annexe also has an original form. The first floor contains parental floor with sea view and exit to the ground floor terrace. Just above thrones a combined sleeping and working room. It has direct access to a generous roof terrace. In addition to being an excellent place to sunbathe and relax, this level acts as a springboard on the way up to the top of the shiny mountain cliff right behind the cabin.

– From this top we see the Whale Islands on the Norwegian side of the border, and in the opposite direction we shine Strømstad. From here we also see the weathered sea stretches that we spend a lot on kayaking and several types of sailboards. We are out on the sea even though it blows a bit, and it’s not a few times we’ve been snoring in the water when the wind is approaching the stiff breeze. The golf offer in and around Strømstad makes the area extra attractive for Norwegians. From Resen’s cabin there is a short distance to, among other things, an excellent golf course.

Complex building

He praises the efforts of the builder and grandmother Helge Johnsen. “He managed to travel these simple, yet complex buildings while part of the family stayed here. For every step he took in the construction process, we moved and vacated in the rooms he finished.

Check the Swedish cabin dream

Rooms with views: The parents room is located on the first floor of the smallest of the two houses. It has both great sea views and access to the ground floor terrace. Photo: Espen Grønli

Check the Swedish cabin dream

Long lines: Just outside the buildings it goes and a long outer view of the entire cabin. Photo: Espen Grønli

Check the Swedish cabin dream

Villnis on Diligence: Before, 1.4-goal plot was a hopelessly overgrown wild. It was worked out on diligence. They moved stone and cleared the scrub. Photo: Espen Grønli

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