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Renewal projects are diverse.
Some people transform an old bakery into an apartment, others are building an old soap cookie.
At Tolga in Østerdalen, Siri von Krogh and Ivar Steen-Johnsen built the cabin as a barn.
Here it was an old, foolish flock that could be torn down.
But how would the owners take care of the history of the place?
Architect Gro Hernes proposed to create a modern cottage within the framework of the old barn.
It became a fascinating project.
Now it’s clear: 5 meters and 80 cm wide, just enough for a little cow on each side of a hallway.
The cottage appears as a minimalist building, but with clear references to the mountain farms:
Rectangular, without decoration, without porch and without angles.
Even stone-stoned moth ceilings were, but with oak floors, fireplaces and large glass surfaces.
Far to neighbors
The cabin is located in a yellow conservation area 890 meters above sea level, between Østerdalen and Femunden in Holøyen in the municipality of Tolga..
There is hardly one kilometer to the nearest cabin, half a mile to the nearest farm and four and a half hours to drive from Oslo.
In summer, use of the road, winter skiing or snowmobile.
The water is collected in the stream and the power comes via the solar panel.
We dreamed of tearing the rippled barns from the 1940s and setting up a cabin so that grandparents could be here with the grandchildren or two families staying here at the same time, says Ivar and Siri.
The new cabin has large windows in the short ends, where the light floats in. The windows go from ceiling to floor.
The cabin is discreet in the terrain.
Inside is the white-faced furpane panel, which meets the floor without moldings.
This provides a strictly functionalistic expression that is broken by the large, round patterned seam.
– We insisted on wearing the old-fashioned round stick in the ceiling. It is nice to look at, and along with the furupanel that is laid in the cabin’s longitudinal direction, it is important for the experience of the long “flock room”, explains Siri.
The cave on the roof was replaced.
Today, the inspiration from the 150-year-old sediment owner in Rausjø Valley is not far away, where there is a breach slate.
– We have been concerned that the cabin will require minimal maintenance. Real stone does not require care and follow-up. It’s nice and rough, and gets nicer every year, says Ivar.
The cladding on the outer walls is in Siberian larch that is to be grayed by itself.
At one end of the building there is a living room with kitchen in open solution. In the other there is a combined living room and bedroom with double bed as the only piece of furniture.
Kitchen, dining table, beds and wardrobes are specially designed.
In order to be able to rebuild the refrigerator, a 12 volt variant was usually used for pleasure boats.
The gas-fired refrigerators on the market did not fit for incorporation.
Comfort without power
There is water-borne heat in the floor that is heated with gas shells.
The slings in the floor are filled with antifreeze to withstand the winter cold.
The plan is also to get water from the pelvis nearby. Then, with the help of 12 volt pump and gas heater, water will get water in the faucets.
In my father’s record, seven generations have been linked to Holøyen. It feels very right for me and my family to strengthen this connection, Ivar explains.
Since the new cabin has the same goal and building body as the seedlings in the valley, they unite the new with the old and keep life and activity on the old seabirds.
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