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Cabin Nordmarka / JVA

  • 01:00 - 25 June, 2009
Cabin Nordmarka / JVA
Cabin Nordmarka / JVA

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Nordmarka, 5200 Os, Norway
  • Architects

    Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL
  • Project Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Roar Lund-Johnsen
  • Client

  • Textiles

    Linda Knoph Vigsnæs
  • Consultant

    Walter Jacobsen
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Situated in a freshly cut clearing in a deep forest the cabin doesn't really relate to its present local piece of ground, but rather towards the soft hills and lakes towards the low winter-sun of the southern horizon.

The cabin is lifted from the ground, and except from the opening of the north/south -axis, walls and roof are reckoned as equal covering elements, almost like a hollowed piece of timber.

The cabin is mainly used during wintertime, as a basis for cross-country skiing in the nearby forests.

The plan is gathered around a two storey internal central space which is lit from sides and above and works in a way as a minor urban piazza of the building. The interior spans in scale from the small cave-like children's beds to the high-ceilinged central room.

The secondary spaces, embracing the centre, work as light-filtration for natural light which is brought into the central space.

According to this we define the house as a "thick house" because the secondary areas can be understood as architectural "insulation" between the outside and the core of the building, both in terms of organization of the plan and the light-filtration.

The building is organized to welcome many visitors at a time. The relation between smaller private spaces and common space within the building has been carefully considered both in terms of scale and views.

For example there are hatches which open from bed-coves into the central space.

Embracing the dining area on the first floor are (clockwise) master bedroom, seating area, kitchen, storage for supplies and ski equipment, hallway, children's bedrooms, bathroom and master bedroom.

On second floor there are bedrooms, storage and playroom.

The use of materials and colours reflect the traditions of housing in the area: a black stained wooden shell with a light all wooden interior.

The construction is made of timber with 15 cm insulation in the walls, 20 cm in the floor, and 25 cm in the roof.

The timber construction is clad with wooden panels both inside and outside.The roof is covered with wooden panels above a normal membrane.

All fitted furniture and kitchen are designed uniquely by the architect, in general made of plywood of pine.

In general pine and fir are used both for cladding and construction.

Bathroom and hallway floors are covered with lime stone.

The fireplace is made of plastered masonry.

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nulla · March 27, 2011

Great project, well planned and shaped.

Nordic Designs · May 26, 2010

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onion_soup · November 24, 2009
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pbwotw · August 07, 2009

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Hannes Sasi Palsson · July 15, 2009

yes please..

thomas foral · June 27, 2009

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patj · June 26, 2009

not sure about this, it pine overload in the interior, dont mind the exterior though, its pretty raw and works quite well in its setting

malgorzata boguslaw · June 26, 2009

This house looks better on drawings then in reality.

proarchitectonics · June 26, 2009

Nice and decent

Lucas Gray · June 26, 2009

I love the unified materials. This is what architecture is all about in my belief.

Lionel Chollet · June 26, 2009

RT @urbanbike_jcc Grand volume intérieur en bois blond, plan en diabolo, cette maison norvégienne mérite un coup d'œil

Oldesque urbanbike ! · June 26, 2009 Grand volume intérieur en bois blond, plan en diabolo, cette maison norvégienne mérite un coup d'œil…

sd · June 25, 2009

I also love this project. beautiful. and a really cool plan

Archlad · June 25, 2009

Love this project. It's exactly what I want to build.

Congrats JVA!


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