This cabin situated in a freshly cut clearing in a deep forest in Nordmarka Norway, mainly used during wintertime as a basis for cross-country skiing in the nearby forests. This building designed by Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter, organized to welcome many visitors at a time. The relation between smaller private spaces and common space within the building has been carefully considered both in terms of scale and views. For example there are hatches which open from bed-coves into the central space. The plan is gathered around a two storey internal central space which is lit from sides and above and works in a way as a minor urban piazza of the building.
The interior spans in scale from the small cave-like children’s beds to the high-ceilinged central room. The secondary spaces, embracing the centre, work as light-filtration for natural light which is brought into the central space. According to this we define the house as a “thick house” because the secondary areas can be understood as architectural “insulation” between the outside and the core of the building, both in terms of organisation of the plan and the light-filtration. Embracing the dining area on the first floor are master bedroom, seating area, kitchen, storage for supplies and ski equipment, hallway, children’s bedrooms, bathroom and master bedroom. On second floor there are bedrooms, storage and playroom.
A black stained wooden shell with a light all wooden interior reflected the traditions of housing in the area. The construction is made of timber with 15 cm insulation in the walls, 20 cm in the floor, and 25 cm in the roof. The timber construction is clad with wooden panels both inside and outside. The roof is covered with wooden panels above a normal membrane. All fitted furniture and kitchen are designed uniquely by the architect, in general made of plywood of pine. In general pine and fir are used both for cladding and construction. Bathroom and hallway floors are covered with lime stone. – Photos by Nils Petter Dale