Summer House Vestfold 2 / JVA

  • 10 Nov 2009
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© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

Architect: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL – Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg
Location: Vestfold,
Assisted by: Jan Stavik, Nikolaj Zamecznik
Contractor: Torolf Stenersen as
Gross area: 300 sqm
Design year: 2000 / 2007-2009
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photography: Nils Petter Dale

© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

The Summer house is located on the coast of Vestfold in the southern part of Norway.

The house replaces an older building at the site. To get the planning permit, the project had to be well adjusted to the terrain, both in terms of shape, scale, material and color.

© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

The house and terraces are partly built upon existing stone walls, the parts of the walls which are new are made of stones from the blasting at the site.

The low elongated volume is cut into to allow for wind shielded outdoor areas, embraced by the house itself. These cuts also bring down the scale of the building, and together with the local variations of the section, make the building relate to the surrounding cliff formations.

© Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale

On the outer perimeter of terraces and pool, a glass fence also protects against wind, but allows for maximum view. The house is clad with Kebony wood, a sustainable process of treating the wood to allow for good durability towards the exposure to salt water.

Cite: "Summer House Vestfold 2 / JVA" 10 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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    it’s blending amazingly with the context… i like this house… wish i get a site like this at least 1s in my life time…

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    I can’t help but feel like there’s something missing between the quality of the drawings and the final product.
    We need some interior shots.
    Love the glass detail around the pool.

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    You should all check out the architects other work …different but equally interesting – this house has a fluid inside outside relationship, given the sites beauty a good move.

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    I love this house!! It’s amazing how it blends with the rocks!! breath taking site I wish I owned this house!

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    The house is outstanding…it is integrated greatly with the surroundings and becomes part of the rocks.. I LOVE it!!!

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    awesome design & impressive integration with the rocks ! loved the relation between it and the site !! i wish i’d be able to design a similar one ONE DAY !! *dreaming*

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    Does anyone know where I can find dimensioned plans for this house….i need it for a school project. thanks

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