Villa by the Ocean / JVA

  • 20 Jun 2008
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Architects: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Building type: Private House
Construction year: 2004
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Hanne Bergan
Client: Withheld at owners request
Consultants: Walter Jacobsen
Constructed Area: 260 sqm

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean this house is carved into the terrain, allowing an unobstructed ocean view from the public road at the rear and protecting the building from the winds. The bedrooms are organised towards naturally sheltered outdoor spaces providing close-up views, while the living room is established as a glazed amfi facing the horizon. Walls are made of two-sided site-cast white .

In general materials used are related to site conditions:

White sand from the beach is used within the concrete, the roofs are covered with turf and pebbles from a nearby river. Inside the concrete surfaces are mainly kept untreated except from parts which are clad with whitewashed oak, lined with aluminium, covered with sisal carpeting or turquoise tiles.

The aluminium of the flashing and window frames diffuses the sunlight like the sea mist.

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  • Cozby

    I dig. Always a sucker when they blend environment and structure.