Efjord Cabin by Snorre Stinessen

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Efjord

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Cabin

INSPIRATION:
The clients fell in love with this beautiful site due to the existing nature, views and orientation, thus the relation to the nature and views become the natural main source of inspiration for the design. The cabin is placed on height with the existing terrain to allow the outdoor spaces to interact seamlessly with the natural terrain. The terrain itself provided a natural orientation and positioning of the building that allows the different functions to work in tune with the movement of the sun and the balance between privacy and views.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The cabin reflects two different situations and the natural terrain. The conceptual layout translates this duality with the higher part of the cabin closing itself to the west and opening towards the morning sun and the terrain on the eastern side. The opposite directions are sought at the front end of the cabin, opening up to the magnificent views towards the dramatic mountains in the south and the fiord and the evening sun to the west.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The client desired a retreat with an open space dining and living room that focused on the panoramic views, but also transported them to a feeling of isolation and total privacy, away from hectic work days in the city. The relationship to the close terrain was also an important element in the planning process.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2015 and was completed November 2017. Project location is Halvarøy island in the Efjord fiord, Northern Norway.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The cabin was built on site using mainly wooden constructions. The exterior of the cabin consist of two materials; structural glazing and core pinewood. The wood is treated with iron sulfate to achieve an even patina. The interiors are clad in birch veneer, the floors in granite tiles, as the stone outside. Both types of wood are typical for this region and found all around the cabin itself. The sauna interiors and the ceiling of the sauna and bathrooms are clad in aspen slats because of the hygroscopic properties of the wood.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The cabin is 190 sqm in size.

TAGS:
cabin, cabin_efjord, architecture, interior design, stinessenarkitektur, snorre_stinessen, fiordnorway

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Project started with site visits, registration and interviews with the clients. From the clients we learned about the functional requirements and dreams for a vacation home. Climate and seasonal weather was studied and analysed, the location and orientation of the site with respect to winds, the movement of the sun, infrastructure and accessibility.

CHALLENGE:
Halvarøy is in a branch off the Ofoten fiord, Efjord. Ofoten fiord leads from inside of Narvik out to the Lofoten archipelago in Northern Norway. Climatic conditions are sometimes harsh with up to hurricane winds and heavy snow loads. The two volumes interact in terms of stability for the structure allowing the structure to open up the the different views.

ADDED DATE:
2018-03-07 07:45:57

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Steve King

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Stinessen Arkitektur

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Efjord Cabin by Snorre Stinessen is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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Efjord Cabin by Snorre Stinessen is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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