Architect: Atelier Oslo
Team: Nils Ole Bae Brandtzæg, Thomas Liu, Marius Mowe, Jonas Norsted, Juan Ruiz, Bosheng Gan, Sveinn Thorarinsson, Emmanuel Ferm
Consultants: Estatikk AS v/ Sivilingeniør Ole Morten Braathen, Aps AS v/Kåre Wærnes, Moelven Limtre AS v/ Rolf Evensen, Concept design v/Fredrik Eng,
Main conctractor: Byggmester Bård Bredesen
Built into the steeply sloping shoreline of Lake Steinsfjorden, the stone bungalow has large glazed walls that face towards the water and a cross-shaped plan that acts as a wind-break for outdoor patios.
Inside, pale wooden walls take a gently curved form that contrasts with the linear geometry of the exterior, so as to create a cozy atmosphere. The rounded birch formwork meets a terraced floor that follows the inclination of the site.
The circular hearth of the wood-burning stove is incased in glass and a patch of lighter-toned hexagonal marble encircles the fireplace, both intended to create the impression of a campfire.
The architects chose slim metal window frames for the windows. "The frames of the glass are detailed carefully to avoid seeing them from the inside. This creates a more direct relationship with the nature outside," they said.
Cushions are arranged on a step facing floor-to-ceiling glazing, offering a vantage point for residents to take in views of the woodland and the lake beyond.
Single light bulbs mounted on the wooden walls and below the kitchen cabinets softly light the space.
The exterior walls and pitched roof are clad in strips of basalt, referencing the traditional clapboard houses of the region.