This small summer house by the Oslo fjord in Norway is built on the footprint of a now demolished cabin. The main challenge for the architects was to stay within the size limits of the previous structure to adhere to planning regulations and at the same time fit the functional requirements set by the client.
By turning the roof ridge to be parallel with the contour lines of the shore and pushing it asymmetrically to the back of the site, the building fits into the landscape and the spaces inside are optimized. The small bedrooms have attic spaces under the ridge so it has bed spaces for twelve people in addition to ample living area on the only 70sqm.
Shoreline construction has since 1965 been very closely controlled and limited by the government and the design was carefully tailored around conditions set by the planning authorities. The new summer house was approved by receiving a special commendation for the design’s relationship to the landscape and surroundings.
Photos by Ragnar Hartvig
Project by Collective Works