Jenny Einhorn | Week 13
This Norwegian cottage embodies the relationship between architecture and site. It is made purely from surrounding materials, and built by the owners themselves. It reflects on Norwegian traditions and being within nature. The prescribed views frame the stunning landscape to evoke the feeling of being one with nature. It is designed simply but it could not be more perfect for the site context.
It enhances the simplistic lifestyle of Norwegian heritage. The simple exterior is complimented by a warm interior to provide a natural homey feeling. The untreated spruce cladding changes as the environment changes, The slanting roof mimics the slope of a mountain, it blends seamlessly into the rocky site. The facade develops a beautiful patina over time.
The building appears to be low to emphasis the connection between the interior and exterior, however it has 3 levels and has a total of 645 sq ft. The rooms appear open and airy, space is managed very wisely.
To me, this cottage is the epitome of residential architecture. the character of the site and owner perfectly exhibited in the use of materials and organizational qualities of a simplistic lifestyle. There will never be another cottage like this, it is original and special. I love that the owners were highly involved in the construction, making sure that all the details were to their exact specifications. If all residential architecture were done to this level of thought and care, the world would be a more beautiful place.