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V-House

There once was a very rare and special client in Norway.

“We want to rethink the way we live – not style but lifestyle – a house for all seasons, where the borders between inside and outside are diverse and changing…And an enormous kitchen”

They had purchased a beautiful island property 33mx65m on the Oslo fjord 25 km west of the city. The rough, natural site was densely vegetated, with a steep fall to the sea and a private beach.

In Norway over 70% of new, single family houses are prefabricated, built in a quasi-traditional style. This farce, devoid of parallel evolved building tradition is further marginalized by highly stylized ‘magazine’ interiors. The clients, well read and traveled were critical to these tendencies, as well as the professional problematic surrounding modernism and functionalism.

Together with the husband and wife, the architect made a description about relationships, lifestyle, transformation, freedom(s), physicality, sensuality, intimacy, transparency, and evolution, landscape. Issey Miyake and Vermeer were common inspirations.

Out of the site two territorialized platforms were established, one concrete, carved into the rock and oriented towards the hillside and sea, the other, a steel folded plate, oriented towards the south. These two platforms or landscapes, each occupied by different architectures, are connected by a large rupture.
On the lower landscape there is the private cabin (wrapped in a sinus-curved massive wood skin), a ‘batcave’ carport in the split between the excavated and the built, a ‘live’ room, a gigantic fireplace with a view through to the forest (fire), and a space for undefined personal experiments (swimming, basketball, wedding reception, remote controlled cars, trains, pet bird, and business meetings).
On the upper landscape an kitchen and a library, the first covered, the other wrapped. The two spaces disconnected by a third, a terrace.

The ambitions of change and flexibility are offset with hyper specificity, the collision of which results in non-traditional aesthetics and constructions.

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DETAILS

Location

Asker, Oslo Norway

Site

2500 m2 rough natural waterfront site, densely vegetated, with a steep drop towards the sea. Private beach, views to the fjord both north and south

Area

575 m2

Year

2000-2003

Programme

Living area including large kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, library/ studio with bathroom and 45m2 apartment

Status

Completed 2003

Design

Space Group

Partner in Charge

Gary Bates

Project Architect

Adam Kurdahl

Team

Gary Bates, Adam Kurdahl, Gro Bonesmo, Franco Bløchlinger (Metallplan), Tina Christensen, Nancy Jensen, Minna Riska

Landscape architect

West 8, Netherlands

Façades

R. Daaland AS

Structure

Dr. Techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, ABT Netherlands (Rob Nijsse)

Mechanical

Techno Consult AS

Electrical

Støltun AS

Construction management

CM Prosjekt AS (Niels Monrad Hansen, Lage Grefsrud)

Project management

CM Prosjekt AS (Jan Salvesen)

Photography

Jeroen Musch, Ivan Brodey, Espen Grønli

Awards

Houens Fund’s Diploma for outstanding architecture Norwegian Steel Prize 2005 European Steel Award 2005

Publications

asBUILT - V-House 2012 Archiworld Magazine, Korea, 2010 Damdi Publishing, Book “Untitled” 2009 Byggekunst 01-2006

Category
Housing, Interior