Architecture

Remote mountain cabin's hood offers protection from the elements

The Hooded Cabin is located atop a mountain in Norway and measures 73 sq m (785 sq ft)
The Hooded Cabin is located atop a mountain in Norway and measures 73 sq m (785 sq ft)
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The Hooded Cabin is located atop a mountain in Norway and measures 73 sq m (785 sq ft)
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The Hooded Cabin is located atop a mountain in Norway and measures 73 sq m (785 sq ft)
Constraint often provides fertile ground for inspiration and this was indeed the case with Arkitektværelset AS' Hooded Cabin
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Constraint often provides fertile ground for inspiration and this was indeed the case with Arkitektværelset AS' Hooded Cabin
The Hooded Cabin's eye-catching roof is finished in ore-pine, which was once used to create  Scandinavian Stave Churches and should stand the test of time
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The Hooded Cabin's eye-catching roof is finished in ore-pine, which was once used to create  Scandinavian Stave Churches and should stand the test of time
The Hooded Cabin is fronted by a deck area
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The Hooded Cabin is fronted by a deck area
The Hooded Cabin overlooks a lake
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The Hooded Cabin overlooks a lake
The Hooded Cabin measures 73 sq m (785 sq ft)
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The Hooded Cabin measures 73 sq m (785 sq ft)
The Hooded Cabin is situated at an altitude of 1,125 m (3,690 ft)
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The Hooded Cabin is situated at an altitude of 1,125 m (3,690 ft)
"Cabins are to have sectioned windows, standing wood paneling, 22-27 degrees gabled roofs and triple bargeboards," explains head architect Grethe Løland of Arkitektværelset AS
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"Cabins are to have sectioned windows, standing wood paneling, 22-27 degrees gabled roofs and triple bargeboards," explains head architect Grethe Løland of Arkitektværelset AS
Inside, the cabin is arranged around an open living area with a living room, kitchen, and dining area
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Inside, the cabin is arranged around an open living area with a living room, kitchen, and dining area
The Hooded Cabin's kitchen looks out over the rugged landscape 
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The Hooded Cabin's kitchen looks out over the rugged landscape 
The Hooded Cabin's glazed front frames excellent views of the Norwegian landscape, including a lake below
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The Hooded Cabin's glazed front frames excellent views of the Norwegian landscape, including a lake below
The Hooded Cabin features a wood-burning stove
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The Hooded Cabin features a wood-burning stove
The Hooded Cabin's timber is partly painted black
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The Hooded Cabin's timber is partly painted black
Inside, the cabin is arranged around an open living area with a living room, kitchen, and dining area
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Inside, the cabin is arranged around an open living area with a living room, kitchen, and dining area
The Hooded Cabin's stairs in the living area lead up to an attic space that sleeps up to eight people
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The Hooded Cabin's stairs in the living area lead up to an attic space that sleeps up to eight people
The Hooded Cabin's master bedroom is situated toward the back of the home
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The Hooded Cabin's master bedroom is situated toward the back of the home

Constraint often proves fertile ground for inspiration and this indeed proved the case for Arkitektværelset AS. The Norwegian firm overcame a remote location and tricky terrain, as well as strict planning regulations while designing the unusually angular Hooded Cabin.

The Hooded Cabin is located atop a mountain in the Imingfjell area of Norway. Its roof is finished in ore-pine, which is the stuff used to create those Scandinavian Stave Churches so should certainly stand the test of time even in that windswept area. The biggest challenge wasn't the conditions though, but planning regulations, which ended up greatly impacting the cabin's overall design.

"Cabins are to have sectioned windows, standing wood paneling, 22-27 degrees gabled roofs and triple bargeboards," explains head architect Grethe Løland of Arkitektværelset AS
"Cabins are to have sectioned windows, standing wood paneling, 22-27 degrees gabled roofs and triple bargeboards," explains head architect Grethe Løland of Arkitektværelset AS

"Cabins are to have sectioned windows, standing wood paneling, 22-27 degrees gabled roofs and triple bargeboards," explains head architect Grethe Løland of Arkitektværelset AS. "The plot for the cabin is situated at an altitude of 1,125 m (3,690 ft), within an area exposed to avalanche danger. A more detailed analysis, however, showed that it was securely outside the danger zone. We kept the original idea of a protecting hood from the initial project sketches.

"The ore pine roof protects the 'eyes' of the cabin in the front, and prevents rain to dribble down the main entrance in the cabin's 'neck.' The hoodie thus has obvious practical functions, but at the same time, the contrast between the angled pine paneling and the black painted cabin body, creates a strong geometric form."

Inside, the cabin is arranged around an open living area with a living room, kitchen, and dining area
Inside, the cabin is arranged around an open living area with a living room, kitchen, and dining area

The cabin's 73 sq m (785 sq ft) interior is arranged around an open area with a living room, kitchen, and dining area, with a glazed front framing excellent views of the Norwegian landscape, including a lake below.

Toward the rear of the cabin lies the main bedroom, a bathroom, and a sauna that doubles as a guest room. Stairs in the living area lead up to an attic space that sleeps up to eight people.

Source: Arkitektværelset AS

3 comments
McDesign
Without a close-up of that eave detail, it looks like without a substantial drip edge, roof run-off will cling to the downward-sloping soffit and run down the front wall.
Johannes
McDesign, if pic 7 is a guide, there's a gutter hidden behind the leading edge of the roof, so the roof runoff isn't going over the edge.
JamesDemello
Beautiful. And I don't even appreciate architecture.