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Bjellandsbu - Åkrafjorden Cabin

Bjellandsbu - Åkrafjorden Cabin

The hunting lodge is beautifully situated, alone beside a lake in the untouched mountain areas close to Åkrafjorden in the western part of Norway. It is accessible only by foot or horseback. 

The integration of the hut into the landscape has been an important part of the concept. The terrain is characteristic with grass, heather and rocks, and the hut's shape, orientation, and materials are dictated by this. 

 

Categories
Interior, Architecture, Residential & Hotel, Public Space, Social & Meeting Spaces
Timeline

2012 - completed 2013

Status

Built

Location

Etne, Hordaland, Norway

Typology

Shelter/hunting lodge

Size

35m2 (20m2)

Client

Osvald M. Bjelland

The structure consists of two curved steel beams, connected with a continuous layer of hand cut logs of timber on top - a meeting between modern expression and traditional Norwegian mountain cabins. 

​Our challenge in this task was designing a mountain hut of maximum 35m2 with facilities for 21 persons. In order to achieve space for a amount of guests in a tiny space, we found inspiration in old traditions: a central fireplace as the gathering point. The beds along the walls works as seating in the evening - one furniture for the social, eating, and sleeping. A narrow zone by the entrance has equipment for cooking and storage.

The roof “grows out of” the landscape, covered with grass. The materials of the facades are local stone, tar treated wood and glass.