The eye-catching, fold-out enclosure is covered with a raw coffee and maintenance-free zinc plates.
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– To tie the modern extension with the older main house I gave the architect-designed newcomer in the sink the same roof angle as the white 70s villa already on the site, says architect Thor Arne Kleppan in Tupelo Architecture in Oslo.
His starting point was that he did not want to deny that this was a new building.
Then it was great that the builders gave him free hands to create something architecturally very special.
Djerv and dramatic
The architect was early in the planning process, imagining that it could take time to get a built-up building such a traditional house.
But he was pleasantly surprised when the municipality showed an unexpected excitement for his daring drawings that resulted in a very special house.
There are several reasons why the Kleppan layer has been expanded in zinc. First of all, zinc is a very durable material and it allows for such special constructions as this.
In addition, there are zinc in many types of surface treatments, and it reflects the light in exciting ways.
– And the material is far from as cool as many believe, the architect argues.
Pavilion with a rugged folding shape
The folding, self-supporting roof structure gives the garden room a completely open main room.
All of this living arrangement is organized around an L-shaped concrete wall with visible, sanded surfaces on the inside of the building.
The concrete wall is therefore both a bearing and a separate decorative element in the building.
Full front to the sun
The front designed architect so that the entire main room opens up to the light and the sun as much as possible.
Important Engineering Worker
– The engineer in this project was particularly important, Kleppan explains.
– Because of all the glass, concrete walls and the almost four meter tall steel columns that are far into the room, which also contribute to the construction.
Totally opened to the sun
Otherwise, the architect’s main idea was to tie the plant together by building the exquisite, extravagant extension of discrete materials facing each other – and to the main house.
A project with many moments
Above the high windows, air has been added.
All outer cladding is made of zinc, with the exception of untreated ash on the back of the new gangway towards the main house.
The sink plates that cover the ventile double-roof structure reflect the color tone of the concrete inside the living room.
Ceiling and wall is a single surface
The floor is in Oppdals slate, and to make the wall and ceiling seem like a continuous surface, both of these were painted white.
Conventional – after all
– Otherwise, it was important that the extension was built in a relatively conventional way, so that we got someone to perform this unusual construction assignment, commented architect Thor Arne Kleppan.
Well in the living room
A number of technical details and features tell us that this is a thoughtful house.
Below a solid metal claw in the living room is a well in the floor. It combines most of the extras connectors, thermostats for the floor heating as well as outlets for television antennas.
This is a standard industrial product commonly used in public projects. Solid door stops and light bulbs outside complete the picture.
A material that lasts
From the back you look extra well how the building is dressed up by maintenance-free zinc platters.
– Zinc is an element in line with many others, and the varnished not and is used mostly as it comes from nature, says Torleiv Ranheim, head of the Norwegian branch of VM Zinc.
– The material can be finer over the years and can be over a hundred years. Just think of all the matt-gray cuttings in the mansions along the avenues in the heart of Paris. They are over a hundred and twenty years and are still amazing, says Ranheim.
– Because zinc is recyclable, it is also environmentally friendly, says Torleiv Ranheim.
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