Nirvana Mountain apartments / JVA

Architect: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL – Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Harald B. Lode
Location: Kvitfjell,
Client: Gunnar Jenssen, Kvitfjell Vest AS
Contractor: Tradisjonsbygg AS
Project Area: 7,500 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Norsk Form, Espen Haakenstad, Nils Petter Dale, Jarmund / Vigsnæs as

general section

A slope in the Gudbrandsdalen valley generates narrow bodies following the contours of the land. Generous apartments are arranged 4 in each building, clad in large scale prefabricated wooden elements. The apartment types are tuned to the pleasant week-end life in the mountains. A second project; Nirvana 2 with 36 apartments, is situated uphill.

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    It’s well thought-out. I like how each unit does not block the line of site, of the unit above it.Colors match the environment. Nice. Would like to know more about the interior, yes… From a techie point of view, it would be pleasant to hear about which eco/green/energy saving features have been employed.

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    Great detailing and great use of materials. Only the white mesh on the facade in the first picture is a little disappointing…

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