Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen

Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen

Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Windows, Beam, HandrailCabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - BeamCabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Windows, ForestCabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Windows, Facade, Forest, GardenCabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - More Images+ 17

Lillehammer, Norway
  • Team: Håkon Matre Aasarød, Berta Gaztelu, Joana Branco, Kurt Breitenstein
  • City: Lillehammer
  • Country: Norway
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Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Windows, Facade, Forest, Garden
© Einar Elton

Text description provided by the architects. Cabin Vindheim is situated deep into the forest, in the alpine landscape close to Lillehammer / Norway. The cabin is inspired by the classic motif of snowbound cabins, which have only their roofs protruding through the snow. When snow covers the structure the division between architecture and nature becomes blurred, and the roof becomes a man-made slope for ski jumping, toboggan runs and other snow-based activities.


In spite of a compact floor plan (55m2) the cabin is spatially rich and generous due to the sloping roof and the various uplifts. From the main bedroom and the mezzanine you can even gaze up at the stars and enjoy the northern light, while lying in bed. When resting in the cabin's bedroom, a large 4m-long window creates the impression of sleeping above the treetops and underneath the stars.

Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Windows, Beam, Handrail
© Rasmus Norlander
Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Beam
© Einar Elton
Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Brick
© Rasmus Norlander

The building, which is composed of a large living room, a bedroom, a ski preparation room and a small annex with a utility room, is clad in black-stained ore pine. The interior is lighter, fully covered in waxed poplar veneer. The uninterrupted ceiling connects all of the rooms.

Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Forest
© Rasmus Norlander
Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen - Image 22 of 22
© Rasmus Norlander

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Address:Lillehammer, Norway

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Cite: "Cabin Vindheim / Vardehaugen" 20 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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