This small contemporary cabin by Lund Hagem Architects was built among large rocks and dense vegetation in Sandefjord, Norway. The 322-square-foot retreat, an extension of an current home on the website, replaces 2 outdated sheds.
The stepped, ramped roof allows the owners to climb atop the dwelling to contemplate distant sea views. Foremost to the white concrete roof is a footpath that runs along the meandering wooded area on the site.
“The developing occupies a modest footprint, but the space expands vertically into 3 ranges: the basement, the ground floor and the roof,” the architects said. “The annex includes a suspended bed, a little living space and a bathroom.”
A cozy atrium, the social core of the venture, characteristics a fireplace and walls of glass. The inclined ceiling, covered with woven oak strips, masks joints and adds a rustic touch. Out back is a small terrace with an outdoor fireplace.
A design highlight is the custom-developed concrete bench/table, which visually connects the indoor and outdoor sitting places. [Photography by Kim Muller and Ivar Kvaal]