Architecture

Is this Norway’s most beautiful cottage?

Low location, huge view.

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

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.

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

A HOUSE WITH SPECIAL PRACTICE: The sparse lines and the way parts of the wall are cut out gives the wooden cabin a unique shape. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

The cabin creeps down towards the terrain

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

SCRIPTED TERRACE: The platform outside the door is figuratively cut and forms a little amphitheater. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

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.

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

TRANSPARENT ROOM: From the outside on the terrace you look across the cabin and straight onto the flashing fjord in the background. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

Pine, concrete and oak

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

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

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

THREE ROOMS IN ONE: Here you can see how the living room is divided into three main zones; living room, dining room and kitchen. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

STILRENT ROOM FOR FLAMMER: The fireplace is laid so that the fireplace, the flame is almost on floor level. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

– 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

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

Now, the cool mini-cabins come

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.

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

PANORAMA FROM THE ROOM: With extra high windows, the owners get full views of the sea. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

ONE FLOOR TO HYGGE: The living room is divided into two levels, and the relaxation section in the foreground has got a solid wood floor of wide planks. This is a warm and nice material that fits here. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

– Good architecture is not just about practical questions but also about sensual qualities, well-being and dreams, he says.

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

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Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

SAMPLES BETWEEN SETTINGS: A tasteful style furniture matches the state-of-the-art interior in an excellent way. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

Architect Tommie Wilhelmsen Architecture Photo: Drawing: Tommie Wilhelmsen

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

Architect Tommie Wilhelmsen Architecture Photo: Drawing: Tommie Wilhelmsen

Here the architect lives without electricity and water

Is this Norway's most beautiful cottage?

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