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Modest but wonderful cottage

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Modest but wonderful cottage

The little gray cabin is the architect of the couple Andreas Joyce Nygaard and Heidi Pettersvold Nygaard’s heartchild, and can be read as a new interpretation of the 1950s and 60s huts in the area.

This is also the very first cottage project with Snøhetta signature, but with a much less complicated program than the library in Alexandria, or for that matter, the Opera in Bjørvika.

It would be quite wrong if we were to build a giant cabin in glass and concrete. We are fond of the little cabins of that time and wanted to build in respect with the surroundings, they tell.

In addition, we would have lost a lot of outdoor space on the plot if we built too large. It had been stupid to us, who lives in an apartment in the middle of the city.

The cabin, which the architect’s couple have drawn together, is located on Holmsbu just outside the 100-meter belt with great sea views.

Modest but wonderful cottage

BESKJEDEN: The architect couple from Snøhetta built their own cottage small and modest in Holmsbu. Between the main cabin and the annexe, the swab acts as a gangway to the viewing point, where a seat bench is placed. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Good cooperation

Modest but wonderful cottage

Here they are enjoying themselves in the mountains – without snow shooting

The old, dilapidated cabin that used to be there, they got the local fire brigade to burn down like a fire drill.

New foundation was placed on the base of the old cabin. The main part is 50 square meters and the annexe 25.

– The tweeling is done to customize the terrain. It provides a continuous stretch of swabs that bend between the main cabin and the annexe.

Modest but wonderful cottage

RETRO: The kitchen is dressed with slabs and has Ikea food. Floors in the kitchen have color code: S3060 G70Y and the wall in the kitchen is a slab; RB045 S242.5. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Modest but wonderful cottage

VIEW: The large corner window is located to capture the view between the cabins below. The small wood-burning stove QTee is from Rais. The white puff is called Osorom and is from Italian MOROSO. A sculptural design classic who used to be in the office at Snøhetta. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Rommessig is made up of a variety of cubes with a pile of roofs.

Modest but wonderful cottage

Suddenly it was attractive to shower

Exterior cladding is inclined, so-called weatherboard. This as a direct inspiration from the cabins in the immediate area, explains Andreas.

Free for lists

In the living room, both walls, floors and roofs are covered with painted plywood slabs in birch. They are nicely cut to make moldings unnecessary. The entire cabin is actually listless. The same is annexed.

Modest but wonderful cottage

DRAMATIC: The small windows are made of air lanterns and to provide lightning. They are simultaneously in dramatic contrast to the big corner window. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Modest but wonderful cottage

USE: A rough industrial expression from the 1960s is a review theme both inside and outside. The lamp over the dining table is actually an outside lamp that Andreas found in a container at Bislett. The floor coverings, ceilings and walls are painted plywood. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

– I do not love lists, simply. I usually say that lists are only available to hide bad crafts, Andreas smiles.

Modest but wonderful cottage

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The interior itself also has a 60’s, something Heidi has had the main responsibility for. The kitchen, shower room and outdoor kitchen are dressed in slabs that are water resistant and stable.

Colors are matched with nature

Exterior is the cabin clad with panel. Roofs and terraces are in Kebony-impregnated material that cries over time. This is chosen to match the color of the mountain around.

Doors and small windows are added red orange as a complementary color to the green vegetation. The big corner windows are black. They are located on the outside of the panel and are aimed at the view, which helps to modernize the expression, while the windows catch the view.

Modest but wonderful cottage

TO THE GUESTS: The guest room in the annexe has small air-conditioning windows on each level in the bunk beds. This helps the small room to be comfortable and cool. Color code on the wall is S0520 B70G Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

– What are you most satisfied with?

Modest but wonderful cottage

Here the rain never destroys the idyll

– We especially like the proportions, the location in the terrain and the interior of the main cabin, but we are not pleased that we have not established an outdoor area. It’s a miss when it’s raining, while the temperature invites you to sit outside. This is what we are working on to achieve.

Heidi and Andreas are keen hikers. Every weekend and summer holidays they travel to Holmsbu. Heidi also has a connection to the place. Her family had a cabin here, but it disappeared in an inheritance settlement.

Therefore, it’s extra nice for her to let the children grow up with experiences that she herself has good memories of; go hiking, swimming, fishing – and swim with bare feet on the mountains.

Modest but wonderful cottage

GRANTS OF GRAY: The big corner window has got a zinc bracket, a color that sounds good to swab. Here is Minin Albin and plays. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Modest but wonderful cottage

WELCOME: The colors of nature are listed in the cabin’s gray-cased panel, sinksmerter and black and red-orange details. Color codes on internal and external doors and frames: S3560 Y70R. Outer panel is painted with Jotun Trebitt Oljebeis 639 Fjellgrå. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

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Modest but wonderful cottage

UTEBAD: The kitchen and the outdoor pool are located between the cottage and the annexe. It is built in connection with the main cabin. (see floor plan) The floor is molded in concrete and the walls are covered with slabs. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Modest but wonderful cottage

GOOD CONSIDERATION: Architect and cottage owner Andreas Joyce Nygaard is pleased with the result. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

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