Somewhere on a mountain top in Norway, at an altitude of 1125 meters stands a hooded little cabin with magnificent views and a funky geometric design. It was a project completed in 2018 by studio Arkitektærelset As. Initially, it was believed that the plot was right in the avalanche danger zone and even though that proved to not be true the protective hood design was kept.
The protecting hood is both practical and aesthetically pleasing, giving the cabin a sculptural appearanceThe gabled roof allows the cabin to include a cozy attic level which serves as a sleeping area for eight
This little detail alone is enough to make this sculptural structure unlike any other prefab cabin and definitely cool enough to stand out in any crowd. Of course, the project was not without challenges. Strict building regulations dictated that the cabin should have sectioned windows, standing wood paneling, triple bargeboards and a gabled roof with an angle between 22 and 27 degrees.
The hood protects the cabin from the elements and possible avalanches and it also forms a super cozy nookThe staircase matches the wood paneling on the walls and blends in quite nicely
The body of the cabin is painted black which allows it to contrast with the roof and deck and to look modern and stylishThis is a portion where the roof/ hood drops all the way to the ground, forming a protective shell around the cabin
All these regulations actually had a positive effect on the project, inspiring the architects to be creative and to come up with unique design solutions. The black painted body of the cabin contrasts with the wooden hood which reflects the beautiful natural colors of the surroundings. A similar combo can be seen indoors where black kitchen cabinets contrast with everything around them but in a very pleasant way. The interior of this 73 square meter cabin is highly efficient in the sense that it includes a kitchen, dining area, living room, a master bedroom, bathroom and a sauna which can double as a guest room plus an entire attic space which can serve as a sleeping area for 8 people.
The master bedroom might have a small window but the view is quite amazingThe oak floors, roof and deck reflect the colors of the surroundings, helping the cabin blend inThe orientation of the cabin maximizes the views of the lake and the surrounding wild landscapeThe back of the cabin is almost completely closed up and quite different from the front facade