Located in the Norwegian mountains above the village Ål, amidst cross-country ski tracks in winter and hiking tracks in summer, V-lodge is a beautiful timber cabin that has been designed to provide comfortable living accommodation for a family of five throughout the region’s different seasons.

Completed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, V-lodge takes its name from the dwelling’s floor plan, with the property divided into two wings connected at a 45 degree angle, adapting to the existing topography and natural surroundings, while taking advantage of the beneficial opportunities of the site.

Simplicity and restraint characterize the lodge in its form, program and materials. The main branch accommodates the entrance hall and combined dining, kitchen and living zones, orientated in parallel with the contours of the topography. The second branch contains a bathroom, three bedrooms and a youth lodge at the far end, each on stepped levels in alignment with the falling terrain.

The exterior is clad in pre-patinated pine designed to integrate the building with its surroundings, while inside the spaces are lined with with untreated plywood sheets. Glazed openings from floor to ceiling provides ample daylight and transparency to the outside, culminating with the glazed section at the joint of the two branches.

Check out the image gallery below and you’ll understand why we added the V-lodge by Reiulf Ramstad Architects to our list of kick ass cribs from around the world: a beautiful timber retreat that definitely fits into the ‘dream houses’ category.

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