Inspiration: Cottage in Vega, Norway
Designed by Swedish architects, Kolman Boye, this wooden cottage is inspired by the weather-beaten boathouses that span Norway's coast.
Architects Erik Kolman Janouch and Victor Boye Julebäk created a set of small cabins, which represent Naust, or sheds, common of the region.
The site, not far from the Arctic Circle, is distinctive for it's harsh landscape with wide panoramas of the Norwegian Sea and the jagged, mountainous coastline. The pathway leading to the cottage is a natural ravine, so the landscape appears undisturbed.
The structure is built from pine, with added birch joinery. Exterior walls are left exposed, and the interior is painted white.
Kolman Boye Architects:
"We believe that good buildings engender the refinement of everyday life, having a curious, evocative and empathic nature. We have aimed to build a contemporary Naust with an unpretentious presence and a distinctive character, developing themes from the vernacular architecture.
Seemingly growing from the landscape, the house sits on a rock beneath a granite shoulder negotiating the uneven terrain. As not to disturb the dominant view towards the sea, access to the house is given through a narrow natural ravine densely grown with gnarled birch shrubs and laid out with sea-sand from the nearby shore. The landscape remains untouched and wild."
Kolman Boye Architects
Photography by Åke E:son Lindman