House on an Island

Wedged into the rugged coast of an island in southern Norway, the House on an Island is a unique artist's retreat. Careful attention was paid to the topography of the site in order to nestle the structure into the contours of the boulder. Upon entry, the boundaries between the interior and the outdoors are nearly undetectable. The rocky terrain seamlessly transitions into a concrete floor and a prefabricated wood shell encloses the living spaces. Its lattice pattern immerses the interior in the coastal landscape while filtering the incoming sunlight, creating the illusion of sitting outside under a shade tree. While the home is wrapped in an outdoor terrace, a staircase leads to a rooftop deck offering unobstructed views across the sea.

Photos: Ivar Kvaal and Nils Vik/D2 / Atelier Oslo

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