Oslo-Based architecture studio
Sitting at 2,100 metres above sea level in a forest clearing, two separate structures are linked by a path and a large
One house stands four metres over the terrain standing on a single cross-shaped column, while the other—long and partially sunken—is defined by a retention wall. These structural solutions create two different climates and relationships with the slope—the one closer to the ground feels cave-like and the other elevated and airy. Both structures offer completely different atmospheres by employing opposite ways to relate to the slope and the carefully designed gardens.
The two building, although different, share a commonality of materials through
The gardens were planted with species from a much higher climatic zone. Wild orchids, bromeliads, and other small plants were selected for their similarity to high-altitude plants. In a climate that is indeed cold and mountainous, it has cultivated a fantastical selection of plants.
Ultimately the two structures behave as a single house and are not an exercise in minimal living, but rather an experiment that utilises the gardens as an extended space to complement the interiors.
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