CONTEXT A property situated on northern coast of the fjord, bordering the coastline. A small, natural incline with lush, covering vegetation and trees protects the property against wind, ensuring privacy and direct contact with nature. The 750m2 property, proportionally close to a square, is approx. 1,5 m below the level of the road, which is evidence of the exceptionally varied terrain around the location of the house. The surrounding area consists of several houses typical of the region, made from stone and brick with a foundations and wooden upper sections. The development is located along the northern fjord coastline.
FORM The surrounding landscape has become the primary factor shaping the architectural form. The house is formed out of four residential modules and a technical module of varied heights, creating a horizontal cascade arrangement. This arrangement constitutes a natural extension of the naturally occurring landscape formations. The horizontal structure is emphasized by the strings of windows and shutters from the northern side. Forms shifted in relation to each other form suspensions over the building’s entrance. The entire structure’s floorplan is “L” shaped, directed south – towards the fjord, forming a semi-courtyard, a representative entrance area. Due to the light and the scenic axes/directions, the modules are defined as open, closed or openwork/translucent. The expression of the architectural form is announced by the internal system – plan.
FUNCTION The communication/corridor system on the ground floor has been based on axes concluded with large windows and close views of a small green hill. The ground floor features bedrooms, a TV room and a gym. Technical and ancillary rooms are located on the same level and they free up as much space as possible the floor above for the day area. This area features a completely different – distant view of the water and hills (fjords), altering the visual and acoustic impressions. The house’s varied levels visible on the outside translate to the height of interiors on the first floor, which reach a maximum of 3.15 in the kitchen and dining room, transitioning smoothly into the 2.50 tall living room, TV room and office, creating interiors diverse in character, focused on horizontal rooms an panoramas. The master bedroom is located in the northern wing, reducing the height in relation to the road, smoothly transitioning from a 2 floor house to 1 floor height with a green roof. Thanks to this solution, the building optically moves away from the road, gradually building up towards the Fjords.