Located in Senja at 60° north in Norway, this cabin by bjornadal arkitektstudio is surrounded by majestic mountains, fjords and thriving fishing villages. Informed by the ancient building traditions of the Sami people, the design was developed according to ‘heller,’ where the the Sami would find shelter and build a cottage under large rocks.
The architects describe the cabin here as a ’rock with a view’ that takes the form of a mountainous terrain, with a large panorama window formed naturally through this shape. Clad with a wooden façade painted dark grey, the exterior bends in naturally with the landscape that surrounds.
The main entrance to the cabin is carved into the mass of the building, creating an exterior sheltered space. Windows are made of wood/aluminium with details in steel to protect them from harsh winter storms. Inside, walls are covered with pine boards, floors are made of oak and the ceiling is finished with 45 x 45 wooden slats. Panoramic views to the mountains can be seen from the family dinner table, while a cozy more intimate atmosphere is created around a fireplace.
Speaking to the nature of the design, project architect Hans-Petter Bjørnådal says, "Architecture is about facilitating life that will take place inside the built, and that this life thrives and grows in symbiosis with our world. Architecture is not just the shell that keeps you dry and shields you from the forces of nature. It will also help to recreate the connection between man and nature, man and the cosmos.