Aslak Haanshuus Transforms Two Norwegian Log Cabins Into A Cross-shaped House

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Norwegian architect Aslak Haanshuus has designed a cross-shaped house by extending a pair of outdated lakeside cabins so that they overlap .

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

The two ageing cabins were built on the edge of Lake Femunden – one of Norway’s biggest lakes.

Their surroundings are now recognised as a nationwide park, a well-known location for fishing and canoeing, producing it a great internet site for a weekend retreat.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

One of the log cabins is more than a century old and the other one particular was developed to match it, so the consumer asked Aslak Haanshuus to integrate them the two into a new residential house.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

The architect chose to lengthen the length of both 15-square-metre structures so that they meet. He then united them beneath a single roof, making a single creating with a cross-shaped plan.


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Haanshuus described the procedure as “attempting to attain a juxtaposition of the standard and the modern day, the coarse and the fine”.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Named Hytte Femunden, which translates as Femunden Cabin, the 85-square-metre home is raised off the ground on a wooden deck, ensuring it has a minimal effect on the terrain. This generates stepped floorplates at the factors the place old meets new.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

“This protects the surrounding terrain from dress in and tear, as effectively as visually drawing the vegetation closer to the building, because it is left to thrive all the way to the edge of the deck,” explained Haanshuus.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

The two extensions had been constructed from the identical dark-stained pine – sourced from local woodland – as the existing buildings.

This was paired with a corrugated steel roof that is angled to help prevent snow settling on top.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Also sheltered beneath the roof is a private courtyard. This area is topped by transparent plastic rather then steel, permitting all-natural light to filter in from overhead.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

“Just as the deck protrudes from underneath the building volumes, the roof cantilevers correspondingly to create sheltered outdoor spaces and transitional zones among the 3 indoor volumes,” said the architect.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Contemporary aluminium-framed windows had been set up into the two the previous and new walls. Metal grating was added at the entrance factors to the deck, allowing occupants to wipe the mud off their shoes before entering.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

”An architectural aim in the task was creating the rough, classic construction function with and develop a dialogue with the precision of the corrugated iron, and the aluminium doors and windows,” explained Haanshuus.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Inside, unfinished timber covers the walls, floors and ceilings. Parts of the wall had been also employed to anchor developed-in seating, shelving and surfaces, all constructed from the identical materials.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

The two previous log cabins incorporate 1 space every single – a guest bedroom and a storage closet.

A mixed living room and kitchen occupies one of the new wings, featuring a wood-burning stove and a huge window framing views out towards the lake. There is also a little bedroom on one side. The other new wing is made up of bathrooms and a sauna.

Cabin at Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Photography is by Tom Gustavsen.


Task credits:

Architect: Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter
Style team: Aslak Krogness Haanshuus
Contractor: Martin Røsand, Kasper Ødegaard
Furnishings: Stein Haanshuus, Niels Moer
Windows: Velfac

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