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Northface House / Element Arkitekter AS

  • Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
  • Location: Stavanger, Norway
  • Architects: Element Arkitekter AS
  • Design Team: Cathrine Vigander, Vidar Kutsen, Hallvard Huse, Alexander Wærste
  • Consultants: Boye og Waage & Co AS, Jan Petter Dybdahl AS and Moelven Massivtre AS
  • Area: 277.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Element Arkitekter AS

© Element Arkitekter AS © Element Arkitekter AS © Element Arkitekter AS © Element Arkitekter AS

From the architect. The existing house was built in 1969 as a twin to the neighboring building. It did not function well to the demands of 2008-living, neither in the room sizes nor in their solutions, and it had generally a need for restoration work.

© Element Arkitekter AS
© Element Arkitekter AS

Element, together with the client, has come to a solution where mainly the bottom two stories are rehabilitated while the top story is replaced with a lighter and more open construction which opens up towards a grand view of the fjord. 

© Element Arkitekter AS
© Element Arkitekter AS

This is a big change from the earlier situation where it was necessary to go down a level to see the view.

The top volume is 3 meters cantilevered over the rest of the volumes and is pulled away from the road to make room for a larger sun deck towards the south and to let more light into the building. This deck is also thereby sheltered from the northern wind.

© Element Arkitekter AS
© Element Arkitekter AS

The architectural expression strengthens the qualities on the site and reflects its norhtern orientation. At the same time it respects the existing constructive principles.

© Element Arkitekter AS
© Element Arkitekter AS
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