Oslo-based architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus designed this cabin in rural Norway. Cabin Ustaoset’s interior walls floors and ceilings are clad in pinewood. While the stark impact of the pinewood is quite striking it nevertheless emphasises a homey sheltered feel. One can imagine curling up inside during one of Norway’s harsh winters.
Improvising on the idea of the classic holiday cabin in the woods this contemporary vacation home brings together several individual structures to create a comfortable and breezy escape. The sculptural wood and glass exterior of each edifice adds to the overall experience even as a forest filled with strawberry trees and pines provides a cloak of greenery.
The large modern residence is as polished on the outside as it is on the inside. A careful blend of black and white shapes the exterior of the house with a wooden box-style extension adding textural contrast.
Creating a hub of green amidst the urban jungle around it it is the private courtyard of the house that ends up being the showstopper. A 375 square foot rooftop garden complements the lush green courtyard below beautifully even as deciduous trees provide plenty of shade during hot summer days.
The land around the house is used for active agrarian purpose and hence the farmhouse itself needed to be a blend of the right aesthetics and functionality. With stunning views of the distant mountains wonderful scenery and Lake Massawippi playing a pivotal role in shaping the orientation of the three buildings of the farmhouse and the placement of windows life here is definitely a visual treat!