Low location, huge view.
In recent years, a wave of original architectural cabins by the sea has flushed over us.
The huts put the experience of the landscape in the high set, more than they try to impress us with their size.
Just look at this nature-like cabin on the top of the swallow farm at Kragerø, the architect’s super cabin at Hvaler and the long, narrow minimalist cabin at the Hardanger fjord.
Architect’s perlered of projects
The cabin you see here is designed by the profiled Stavanger architect Tommie Wilhelmsen.
He is famous for the spectacular viewpoint of the sky above the Aurlandsfjord, Villa Hellearmen, the wooden cabin at the woods and an amazing futuristic villa at Stavanger.
The cabin creeps down towards the terrain
Built-in cabin with glass in height
This stylish 120 square meter cottage is located at idyllic Østhusvik on Rennesøy not far from Stavanger. It was completed in 2010 and the main idea was to lay the house extra low in the terrain.
– It is very common to place cabins high in the terrain to get the most views. Here we went the opposite way. We placed the building low and thin so that it creeps close to the terrain. As many houses of Western Norway do, Tommie Wilhelmsen tells Bonytt. no.
However, this low placement did not prevent the sea view from the intimate living room on the lower level of the cabin, he expands.
Opens totally against the sea
In addition, Wilhelmsen opened the building maximum against the terrain, the sun and the sea.
This is illustrated, inter alia, by the large windows that go from floor to ceiling, the folding doors in the front and the original curved stone and wooden terrace. It acts as a separate, tempting outdoor space in direct extension of the living rooms.
All level variations in the plant, as inward, give residents an experience of dynamics, and this architectural grip also integrates the building and terraces in the coastal landscape.
Pine, concrete and oak
The ancient farm is like an adventure
Exterior is the cabin dressed with dark-legged furupanel. The brighter, drawn parts are of oiled oak.
The floor in the kitchen and dining area has a light gray, so-called waterproof concrete floor. This is excellent to have in an area with a lot of stairs. Both the back wall and the fireplace are of brick and concrete, and the living room floor a small step down is coated with wide untreated Dinesen oak floorboards. The roof is made of Norwegian oak from Øyna. The window frames are in oak solid wood.
The aim of this material mix was to create an interior with tension between soft and hard materials, comments the architect.
Buildings should respect nature
– This is a terrific project, comments architect Brit Sejersted Bødtker to Bonytt. no.
– It is good that some dare to draw cabins with proximity to, and with respect for nature, the Oslo architect believes.
– This is simplified architecture in natural materials. It provides a good framework for the nature experience and enhances the landscape we want to experience. In addition, there is something easy and playful, almost Japanese over this Rennesøy cabin.
The lower level living room is a place with a view and a distinctive, natural calm. The bright woodwork on both floors and ceilings forms an excellent frame around the few but well-placed stopmills that are here.
Dialogue with builders means a lot
– The architectural office has been around for ten years now, and we are one of the very few Norwegian architects who specialize in private cabins and homes only, says Wilhelmsen to Bonytt.com
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This means that over time we have been able to refine and constantly develop the dialogue with the builders we are in contact with, says Tommie Wilhelmsen.
– Good architecture is not just about practical questions but also about sensual qualities, well-being and dreams, he says.
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