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Cabin Vindheim

Cabin Vindheim

Lillehammer, Norway
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Private Houses
Einar Elton

Cabin Vindheim

Vardehaugen as Architects

Cabin Vindheim is inspired by the classic motif of a snowbound cabin with only the roof protruding through the snow.

Cabin Vindheim is situated deep into the forest, in the alpine landscape close to Lillehammer / Norway.

Architectural concept: Our main concept was to create a cabin that was both sparse and small, but at the same spatially rich and generous. In spite of a compact floor plan (55m2) and simple functional (the cabin is of the water- and electricity grid) the sloping roof with its various uplifts creates a variety of spatial qualities. From the main bedroom and the mezzanine you can even gaze up at the stars and enjoy the northern light, while lying in bed. When resting in the cabin's bedroom, a large 4m-long window creates the impression of sleeping above the treetops and underneath the stars. The main living room is also small, but with 4,7 meter height underneath the roof.

Inspiration: The external shape of the cabin is inspired by the classic motif of snowbound cabins, which have only their roofs protruding through the snow. When snow covers the structure the contrast between architecture and nature becomes blurred, and the roof becomes a man-made slope for ski jumping, toboggan runs and other snow-based activities.

Material: The building, which is composed of a large living room, a bedroom, a ski preparation room and a small annex with a utility room, is clad in black-stained ore pine. The interior is lighter, fully covered in waxed poplar veneer. The uninterrupted ceiling connects all of the rooms.

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