Re-uniting the Vernacular with its Time and Place
Beautiful Summer House Remodeled from an Old “Nordlandshus”
Other than its gorgeous landscape of spectacular mountains and endless pastures, this remote Norwegian island is too known for its notorious climate and unforgiving rains. When approached to build a summer retreat on the coasts of Lofoton Island, architect Carl-ViggoHølmebakk decided to create one out of an existing timber structure. The result is a remarkably modern shack designed to last.
The 25-square-meter Summer House Gravråk began with the rehabilitation of a kind of a traditional northern Norwegian home with a gabled roof and timber structure. The architects extended the building’s existing footprint with an addition towards the west that matched the original structure’s design. The exterior is cladded in untreated spruce, which developed a gray patina after exposure to the elements. The interior is minimally furnished and the abundance of windows keeps the focus on the landscape.
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