Hypermodern family cabin tufted in ancient Norwegian building traditions.
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The builders wanted a family cabin that opened generously to the harsh mountain nature in Gudbrandsdalen. They would both live in nature and keep it comfortable even when winter storms wander around the elongated building.
The cottage is exposed to the top of a snail hill of almost a thousand feet above sea level.
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From the outskirts you can look across the cabin and you get a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.
This is possible because architect Kim Skaara has made a solid glass shelf that extends across the entire front of the dining and kitchen area.
Nice view room
The bold use of glass makes it an attractive room to stay in, for all seasons. Not least on clear moonlight nights, the mood can be magical. Because of all the glass, which also extends to some of the roofs, it is as if sitting outside in the dark blue darkness.
The advanced glass work is done by glass master Ketil Gulbrandsen, who has also done the extensive glass work at Mortensrud Church in Oslo.
The living room is located at the south end of the building and here the square is utilized to the smallest detail. Three sofas are set in horseshoe shape and invite for social gathering. The deep and spacious shelves up to the ceiling are fine for books. The cabin owners also use them to dry and store firewood.
Both the children’s shelves, the glass cabinet in the dining room and the specially designed steel and glass tiles hang the modernist wall tiles. They are designed by textile artist Adrienne Øwre.
The residents believe that the wall hangings soften the clean interior.
In addition to the two living rooms, the cabin contains three bedrooms plus the fully open and very centrally placed kitchen. The two specially made glass sliding doors, separating the kitchen from the outskirts, are 2.7 m high and all the way up to the ceiling. The roof is painted with several coats of aluminum paint. This gives you a beautiful, matte silver-like leather in the surface.
Heat all over
There is water-borne heat on all floors, and all technical installations are controlled from a small technical room located near the entrance area.
Urnoral traditions in new perspective
– This family hut is based on the small, low-rise buildings located on this cozy settlement, “explains architect Kim Skaara. The glass trap in front of the building gives the same protection from the wind as the traditional swallows in the old Norwegian timber buildings – but they release the daylight into full moon, he says.
Glides into the seam environment
The dry walls that surround a lot of the cabin are made of a fracture slate from Oppdal. They are shaped and walled in a way that makes the building slip into the seating environment. The gap is not higher than the neighboring cabins. Local Otta slate covers the ceiling.
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