SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATED INTO ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS, THIS NORWEGIAN CABIN OFFERS VISTAS OF A MAMMOTH FJORD AND MOUNTAINS
BY ARCHANA AITHAL ROSE
Decidedly not the rough-hewn, hacked from the wilderness design one might expect from a cabin adjoining a Norwegian fjord, architect Snorre Stinessen’s (of Stinessen Arkitektur) ultramodern angular structure, on a natural ledge on Halvarøy Island in northern Norway, is a revelation.
Its layout is split between two main sections, both offering breathtaking and panoramic views of the Scandinavian landscape from floor to ceiling glass windows. The front overlooks two of the country’s most challenging peaks, as well as the fjord, while the rear opens to the morning sun and eastern landscape. Though the home is angular, it’s difficult at times to distinguish between where it ends and the rocky terrain begins.
Constructed mostly from locally sourced wood and with an exterior that incorporates structural glazing and core pinewood treated with iron sulphate (producing a lovely patina), its 650 square foot interior is birch clad, with a granite tile floor. The layout includes two bedrooms and bathrooms, an open living room and kitchen the pièce de résistance a sauna that incorporates moisture proof aspen slats.
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