Timber Cabin in Norway: Fully Built With Locally Sourced Materials

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The house is built in a residential area in the forest in Os i Østerdalen in Norway. The client wanted to preserve as much of the site's natural character as possible and build a house of wood, based on the traditional 6" timber frame construction. On the basis of some fixed constraints, such as the level and size of the basement, the terrain falling to the south and that the developer wanted proximity to the forest, the building cantilevers beyond the foundation of both gable walls.

One look is all you’ll need to fall in love with Huus og Heim Arkitektur’s cozy timber cabin. The Oslo-based architecture firm designed the gabled pine-clad dwelling for the artist Gunnar Bloch Røsand. Nestled in the forests of Os i Østerdalen, Gunnar’s House was crafted with locally sourced materials and local construction techniques with an emphasis on site preservation.

Built with the traditional six-inch timber frame construction, the handsome 85-square-meter Gunnar’s House cantilevers beyond the foundation of both gable walls, giving the two-story structure a heightened sense of drama. Its floating cantilevered appearance was born from existing constraints, such as the basement’s size and elevation, as well as the natural sloped terrain.


Windows of varying sizes punctuate all sides of the home to let in natural light and frame views of the forest. Both gabled end walls are set back from the frame, creating room for outdoor terraces. A large outdoor deck extends from the south side of the house. On the east, the windows are tall and narrow with a floor-to-ceiling footprint that lets inhabitants see trees at almost their full height, from trunk to crown.


Like the facade, the cozy interior is lined with untreated wood as well as white-painted walls. The rooms are set on a three-meter-by-three-meter grid. The main room is a double-height space comprising an open-plan living room, dining room, and kitchen. A secondary bedroom is tucked to the side of the first floor, while the main bedroom is located upstairs. A balcony extrudes from the top floor over the top the entrance facing west.


+ Huus og Heim Arkitektur / via Inhabitat 


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