Designed in 2013 by Schjelderup Trondahl Architects, this contemporary seaside retreat is situated in Holmestrand, Norway.
Description by Schjelderup Trondahl Architects The town of Holmestrand is split by a attribute four hundred-foot vertical cliff, separating city features on the decrease seaside from the housing property on the higher degree. Holmestrand is beneath fixed transformation being part of suburban Oslo and is necessary for commuting and regional enterprise. The Norwegian State Railways are at present constructing new tracks to the town with a brand new elevator shaft between higher and decrease ranges, thereby enhancing the connection additional. The only household home is located on the sting of this outstanding cliff edge overlooking Holmestrand and the fjords. The location has a spectacular one hundred eighty diploma view towards the ocean to the east and an open cultural panorama to the west. The problem in websites like that is often to refine the views slightly than exposing every thing in all places, switching between distant and shut views, glimpses and totally different sources of sunshine and reflections. The home was deliberate merged with the terrain with the least potential intervention, based mostly on in depth evaluation of program, strict municipal regulation, panorama traits, views (each distant and shut), and the vegetation/location. The location was measured right down to 10cm accuracy, permitting untouched terrain and present timber to be deliberate proper up subsequent to the constructing. The quantity has a definite duality with its compact, west faÃ§ade dealing with towards the entry street and the extra extroverted and fragmented faÃ§ade opening as much as the good japanese view. The 2 foremost wings are bent 22 levels relative to one another to adapt to the terrain and seize totally different views. Due to its complicated type, cantilevered roofs, shifting facades, and intersecting areas the home gives a spatial expertise, a lot of totally different views, and randomly occurring reflections. The bottom flooring physique is created from website-typical coloured tile stone diaphragm partitions (two sided) and lightweight concrete flooring. The higher a part of the home is a picket field climbing and cantilevering over the heavy base. The partitions, exterior ceilings, and roofs are coated with burnt and brushed heartwood fir to make them upkeep-free for generations – a Norwegian fashion of the Japanese technique Shou-Sugi-Ban. The patination course of will proceed. With time the tender elements of the floor will keep burnt and the more durable winter grain could have turn into silvery grey, leading to a tough however refined expression. The inside picket partitions and ceilings are clad with white oiled poplar plywood boards and white ash floorboards are used, introducing a light-weight softness to the inside. The interior geometry represents vital constructions for the cantilevered roofs along with defining areas. Built-in furnishings are made on website from white fiber cement boards or bronze coloured Glimmerdesign lacquered MDF relying on their placement and performance. All home windows and doorways are produced from large oak. Images by Jonas Adolfsen Go to Schjelderup Trondahl Architects