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Daring use of glass in the mountains

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Daring use of glass in the mountains

Daring use of glass in the mountains

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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.

Daring use of glass in the mountains

STORAGE IN THE BOKHYLLEN: The three Brunstad sofas are put together for a nice horseshoe. All three are specially ordered with a durable, American fabric. In the middle a Bolia table. Photo: Espen Grønli

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Daring use of glass in the mountains

ERROR: This is a new architecture that fits the Norwegian high mountain. Photo: Espen Grønli

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.

Demanding glassware

Daring use of glass in the mountains

FULL OUTDOORS: They smack the chairs and the table is from Gramrode Møbelfabrik’s “Naver Collection”. Photo: Espen Grønli

The advanced glass work is done by glass master Ketil Gulbrandsen, who has also done the extensive glass work at Mortensrud Church in Oslo.

Secluded zone

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.

Daring use of glass in the mountains

STILRENT: The armchair of the Italian Poltrone is in bright leather. Solid, durable oak in all floors. Photo: Espen Grønli

Daring use of glass in the mountains

TRANSPARENT: The transparent fireplace designed the architect of the cabin. It shades between living rooms and kitchens, and can be seen from many edges. Photo: Espen Grønli

Delicious Decor

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.

Aluminum ceilings

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.

Daring use of glass in the mountains

ALUMINUM ON TOP: The bedrooms are located on either side of the long aisle. Aluminum fields in the ceiling. Photo: Espen Grønli

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.

Utilized every millimeter

Daring use of glass in the mountains

SPECIAL ADAPT DOCUMENT: Architect Kim Skaara has also drawn the fence surrounding the cabin. Photo: Espen Grønli

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Daring use of glass in the mountains

STEIN ROUND BAUT: Gray Oppdal-slate wreath the building. Photo: Espen Grønli

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