Somewhere hiding on a hillside northwest of Oslo, there's a magical little lodge. Well, at 130sqm, this house, designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, is actually a pretty decent-sized lodge. And, boy, is it pretty.
With four bedrooms already and plans in place for a fifth, this split-view mountain lodge is perfect for a family who wants bright but cosy common spaces and plenty of privacy at the same time.
The master bedroom and common area both open up into a gable-shaped wall of windows that look out onto the ski slopes.
The open-plan kitchen keeps things communal with a glass fibre reinforced concrete countertop that flows seamlessly into a two-sided fireplace.
There's even a lofted space in the adjacent living and dining room that doubles as an extra space for guests to sleep.
The architecture follows a Norwegian tradition of adapting to and blending into the landscape which gives the lodge a natural flow.
The exterior is coated with a continuous skin of light-coloured timber that will turn grey over time, while the interior features a smoother coating knot-free timber that leaves the whole place feeling bright and energetic.
It's hard not to believe that this would be a cheerful place to spend a ski trip -- or a summer holiday.
But, alas, this lodge is not your lodge. It was built for a private family who should give themselves a pat on the back for picking the right architects. Meanwhile, however, you should feel free to steal ideas for your own Norwegian mountain home getaway. Or just fantasise. That's what I do. [ArchDaily]
Images via Søren Harder Nielsen / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter