Square House with a Void

The house is situated in a pine woodland on Veierland, a car-free island outside Nøtterøy in Vestfold County. Perched on stilts above a rocky ridge, it gently hovers in the woods, leaving no footprint. This impression is further enhanced by a homogenous surface of dark wood, which gives the house an inconspicuous, almost muted character. It bespeaks serenity and inward orientation, a principle reflected further in its very rational layout. Functions are gathered in “batteries,” leaving the rest of the indoor volume clarified and transparent. Made up of longitudinal blocks around a central open area, the house is oriented toward this center, which in itself does not serve any function and therefore constitutes a serene, untouched locus.

Architecs: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Client: Private
Size / value: 160 m2 / 3,5 MNOK
Commission type: Direct commission (2007)
Status: Completed (2011)
Photo credits: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter