The Norderhov Cabin By Atelier Oslo, A Beautiful Modern Cabin In The Woods
While spending the night out in the wilderness often suggests a more rugged and adventurous way of living, there are modern cabin retreats showcasing you can also live luxuriously while out in nature.
Inspired by the traditional cabin structures, often made from timber or log materials and blending in the natural environmental setting, these modern cabin retreats take it to another level, featuring elements like clear glass windows, patios and also incorporate the modern conveniences that many people rely upon: electricity, running water, sanitary plumbing, heating/cooling, telecommunications.
After Gambier Island House, we present you another modern retreat in nature that allows the owners to live reclusively and close with nature without missing the comfort and luxury of an urban housing: the Norderhov Cabin by Atelier Oslo.
The project is located in the Korkskogen forest close to Honefoss, Norway on a steep slope that provides a great view of the Steinsfjorden Lake and will certainly make spending a night out in the woods something to look forward to, boasting a rather luxurious and lavish appeal.
Commissioned by a couple based in Oslo, the project was thought as a weekend base for cross-country skiing and hiking. The Atelier Oslo designed the cabin so as to provide both refuge from and connection to its woodland surroundings. The site is often exposed to strong winds, so the structure is organized around several outdoors spaces that provide shelter from the wind and receives the sun at different times of the day. Four angular ‘arms’ spring out of a main core, anchoring the home to the steep slope where is located.
Its pre fabricated system of laminated wood reflects the surrounding trees and is supported by steel rods drilled directly into the rock. Aside from dividing the internal space into discrete zones, the arms also accommodate covered terraces outside.
The interior is also spectacular, being clad in pale 4mm birch plywood and centered on its fireplace, the only electricity coming from two solar panels that power the reading lamps. While the fire burns at ground level, the smoke is caught by a mantel that hangs from the curved ceiling. Visible from all points in the house, the fireplace signifies refuge from the harsh Norwegian winds.
The curved walls and ceilings form continuous surfaces and the floor follows the terrain and divides the plan into several levels that also defines the different functional zones of the cabin. The transitions between these levels create steps that provide varies places for sitting and lying down. Natural light and views from the expansive glazing flood the rooms, while smart detailing ensures the frame is concealed.
The Norderhov cabin by Atelier Oslo allows its owners to enjoy the charm of a retreat in the woods, being inspired by the cabins of the past but with floor plans and materials perfectly suited for today, expanding the concept of the present-day retreat with fresh ideas about architecture and construction.
Check out the image gallery below and maybe you’ll find your inspiration for your own cabin in the woods, a place for relaxation and contemplation.