Spectacular cabin retreat in Norway

Cabin Senja - Bjornadal Arkitektstudio, Norway

Nestled amidst majestic mountains and breathtaking fjords, this charming cabin was designed by Bjornadal Arkitektstudio, an architecture firm based in Mo i Rana, Norway. It is located just outside the quaint fishing village of Hamn, Norway. The design of the cabin seamlessly integrates with the natural surroundings, blending into the terrain and respecting the delicate landscape.

The inspiration for this project stemmed from the client’s desire for a family cottage that offered a panoramic view of the countryside. To achieve this, the studio delved into the traditional building methods of the Sami people. The Sami are an indigenous group residing in Sápmi (Lapland) as well as northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Their architectural techniques have served as a muse for contemporary designs not only in Scandinavia but also globally. In this instance, the studio drew from the Sami tradition of “heller,” which involves seeking shelter beneath large rocks commonly found along the fjords.

The exterior of the cabin features a dark grey wooden facade that harmonizes with the lush greenery of the forest below. Various windows of different sizes and angles, crafted from a blend of wood and aluminum with steel accents for durability in harsh winter conditions, adorn the structure. A sleek deck extends from the cabin, leveling the ground and echoing the dark accents, providing a serene outdoor space for relaxation.

Upon entering through the inverted main entrance, visitors are greeted by an open-plan layout encompassing the living room, dining area, and kitchen. The focal point of this communal area is a large panoramic window that offers stunning views of the surroundings. The interior walls are adorned with pine paneling, complemented by oak flooring and a wooden slatted ceiling. A transom window above the kitchen not only bathes the space in natural light but also lends an aerodynamic touch to the single-level dwelling. Moving along the corridor, four cozy bedrooms and two bathrooms await at the end of the hallway. Spanning 22 meters (72 feet) in length, this cottage provides ample space for a family to unwind in a bright and airy setting.

Technical sheet
Official Project Name : Cabin Senja
Location: Senja, Norway
Client: Solbjørg Sørensen & Reidar Fagerholt
Architects/designers: Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio AS
Project Manager: Hans-Petter Bjørnådal
Design team: Architect MNAL Hans-Petter Bjørnådal
Collaborators: Reidar Fagerholt & Solbjørg Sørensen
Engineers: Hustre
Landscape Architect: Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio
Suppliers: Hustre
Project sector: Housing
Budget: 2 400 000 NOK
Project completion date: July 2020

In essence, this project can be described as a “rock with a view.” The angular lines of the outdoor roofing draw inspiration from the rock formations prevalent in the landscape. While the exterior exudes a modest charm, the interior is flooded with natural light, creating a welcoming ambiance. The design of the cabin, mirroring the natural contours of the surrounding mountains, along with its emphasis on capturing the views, exemplifies a seamless fusion of inspiration and execution.

Bjornadal Arkitektstudio

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