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Dream hut that takes your breath away
The point of the whole construction of this mountain hut is to put the easy outdoor life and mountain feeling in the high seat.
From a distance, the new cabin looks like a common barn or seterbu – a building type there are many of here in the Valdres district.
But the closer we come, we find it something special and original with this discreet cottage building.
There are several things that capture our attention at the same time.
Firstly, the building body is unusually long and slim, and all windows as well as the door are covered by protective limbs.
These limbs with steel frames are otherwise positioned so that they are flat with the wall.
The result is that the slick building seems smooth and clean-cut all the way around.
In addition, when we get to the yard we find that absolutely all exterior surfaces, ceilings and walls are made of extra narrow ore boards.
The visual effect of this special and solid material usage is graphically elegant and exciting.
Over time, this untreated wood will additionally cheer beautifully and link the cabin further to the terrain.
“Eye” towards the Valdres range.
As soon as we enter the large living room, the look is drawn towards the south wall window.
That’s exactly what the architects Atle Aas and Harald Thaulow wanted.
They wanted a dense “eye”, a dominant opening aimed at the view and the endless Valdresviddene.
The top architects have given the fireplace a powerful, clean shape. This fits well with the building.
The frame is made of clay stone. This is a great, warm-baking material with an oveflate that feels like a bit “fat” to touch.
– The owners wanted a place-efficient family hut with a type of style expression that showed it was built today. Thus, it represents contemporary architecture, says Aas and Thaulow.
They add that this building in the best sense is banal.
– If you ask a child to draw a house, it will look a lot like this spartan cabin, says the two authors.
And although the cabin is extremely simple, it is equally well refined and easily understood, durable materials. The main idea behind the project is that the cabin with its shape is to indulge in exactly the place it stands on, ie the pitcher and the wild mountain nature around.
Wallpaper and Dagbladet -winner
When Dagbladet’s expert jury evaluated Norway’s most important newer architectural cabins last year, this Valdres project was number five.
Design critic Erling Dokk Holm gave this commentary:
– This is a cottage which, with its use of, for example, salt roofs on a longer building, relies on traditional Norwegian construction. Even though it is uncompromising in its modernism it has become an obvious part of an old tuna on the high mountain.
It also contributes to the story that this cabin project contributed to the London-based Wallpaper Wallpaper, named Aas / Thaulow to be one of the top 30 architects in the world.
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