Cabin Norderhov in Hønefoss, Norway

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Cabin Norderhov in Hønefoss

Contemporary Norwegian Building: Lake Steinsfjorden House design by Atelier Oslo Architects

post updated 9 March 2022 ; 20 Nov 2014

Location: Hønefoss, Norway

Design: Atelier Oslo

Cabin Norderhov is located in Krokskogen forests, outside the town of Hønefoss. Its location on a steep slope gives a fantastic view over the lake Steinsfjorden.

Cabin Norderhov Hønefoss

Photos by Lars Petter Pettersen, Atelier Oslo

Cabin Norderhov Hønefoss

The site is often exposed to strong winds, so the cabin is organized around several outdoors spaces that provide shelter from the wind and receives the sun at different times of the day.

The interior is a shaped as a continuous space. The curved walls and ceilings form continuous surfaces clad with 4mm birch plywood. The floor follows the terrain and divides the plan into several levels that also defines the different functional zones of the Cabin Norderhov in Hønefoss. The transitions between these levels create steps that provide varies places for sitting and lying down.

The fireplace is located at the center of the cabin, set down in the floor of the main access level. This provides the feeling of a campfire in the landscape. Seen from all levels in the cabin, you can enjoy the fireplace from far away or lying down next to it.

Large glass walls are located in the living and dining areas. The frames of the glass are detailed carefully to avoid seeing it from the inside. This creates a more direct relationship with the nature outside.

Outside, the cottage has a more rectangular geometry and the walls and roofs are covered with 20mm basalt stone slabs laid in a pattern similar the ones often used for traditional wooden claddings in Norway.

The lodge consists mainly of prefabricated elements. The main structure is laminated timber completed with a substructure of Kerto construction plywood. The Kerto boards are CNC milled and defines the geometry both externally and internally. The cabin is supported by steel rods drilled directly into the rock, supplemented with a small concrete foundation under the fireplace for stabilization.

Cabin Norderhov in Hønefoss – Building Information

Name of project: Cabin Norderhov
Completed: 2014
Client: Private
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
Gross area: 80 kvm

Photographs: Lars Petter Pettersen, Atelier Oslo

Cabin Norderhov in Hønefoss images / information from Atelier Oslo

Location: Hønefoss, Norway, northern Europe

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