Raw design in the ocean gap

The architect’s own seaside cabin on Trøndelag’s holiday village Stokkøya is not big, but it opens for magnificent design and nature experiences.

Raw design in the ocean gap

Types of variations

The coast houses of Ogmund Sørli and Pir II Architects are designed in two basic types with five variants of between 27 and 70 sqm. “The biggest difference between the different variants lies in the length of the body,” says the architect.

Ogmund’s own cottage is thought of as a “base camp” for outdoor activities in the scenic Hosnavågen, where one of Trøndelag’s finest sandy beaches is found among other things..

– I used a lot of birch plywood, in both the decor and the walls. Finer is strong, it is easy to process and has a lightness in the expression. The material is not very refined, which makes it suitable for cabins.

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Architect Sørli has bought and furnished one of the 27 cabins he designed for the modern cottage field in Hosnavika on Trønderske Stokkøya. He chose one of the smallest models, but the cabin’s 32 square meters are both distributed and decorated efficiently. In addition, large windows open up to nature, and the entire three and a half meter ceiling height gives the rooms volume.

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Open plan

With a sober, open floor plan, rear-facing bedrooms and an interior in untreated woods – not least plywood – reminds the building’s layout of Norwegian sixties cabins, he believes.

The violent sea view from Stokkøya takes the family through a solid window surface right on the horizon in the west. Otherwise, the main point was to get close to nature, as well as to minimize the distinction between outdoor and indoor areas. This is demonstrated, for example, by the raised and lowered (!) Balcony tile in front of the building. Exhausted, the surface of the cabin increases by 15 square meters, elevated, it protects the spacious living room window against wind and weather. This is not unimportant; Out in the ocean gorge, the autumn and winter storms can reach the strength of the orkan.

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The main main room occupies most of the interior. It combines both living room, dining area and kitchen in a harmonious way. Towards the entrance zone stands a two and a half meter high shelf section on wheels. It gives the owners great freedom in the disposal of the interior.

Raw design in the ocean gap

BATH WITH OPEN: The messy sink comes from Italian Lobo. The floor is a Polyflor rubber flooring with knots. Plywood The wall is inserted with owatrol. Photo: Nils Petter Dale

Shower in the woods

The adjacent bath also has original architectural qualities; among other things, a well-positioned window area from floor to ceiling views to the forest floor, coastal vegetation and sea, even from the shower corner. When the light turns on, it comes out instead of inside, so you get the feeling of shower outside in the woods.

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The two bedrooms with sleeping loft are located at the back of the long-term building, in a practical company with the entrance hall. Otherwise, it’s the clean surfaces, the clear colors and the exciting material combinations that create the dynamics inside.

– There is not much interior in this minimalist cabin, but what is, I have drawn myself, says the builder.

“In theory, the cabins can be removed without leaving wounds in the landscape.

Arbitrary atmosphere

He likes to design interior designers in the houses he makes, but rarely gets it. In his own cabin the aim was to give the rooms a warm atmosphere.

In 2005, the Stokkøya cabins represented Norway in the Italian exhibition “Architettura e memoria” (Genoa), devoted to new European architecture, and for that reason, the renowned architectural critic Roberto Silvestri came with the following certificate:

– These new Norwegian coastal houses communicate very well with the surrounding landscape while breaking the usual. This is good architecture.

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Minimal intervention in the vulnerable coastal environment was the first premise architect MNAL Ogmund Sørli and landowner Roar Svenning set as they planned the 27 cabins (17 were built up to now).

– We had many explorations in the terrain to find the right places – sacks and shelves – to put the cabins on, says Sørli.

It should not be burst or filled out with lots on the sites. The cabins are instead set on concrete slopes, nor is it prepared for the processing of the plots with lawns, stalls etc. The result is a cabin field discreetly spread over a back hill with extensive views of the beach landscape and the ocean beyond.


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