Breathtaking views await lucky guests at the Manshausen Island Resort, an “adventure and exploration” retreat off the coast of Northern Norway. The resort, located on Manshausen Island in the Steigen Archipelago, comprises a collection of contemporary cabins that boast stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Barents Sea. Designed by Stinessen Arkitektur, the holiday cabins were built along the existing topography and constructed primarily from wood for a minimal environmental footprint.
Partly cantilevered out over the sea, the tiny cabins are placed atop a historic stone quay and carefully positioned for optimal views and privacy. Stinessen Arkitektur mitigated the logistical challenges of building on a remote island by simplifying the construction process. Each larch-clad cabin features a wood framework, made in two layers, as well as a custom-made full-height glazed unit that’s glued to the outside of the construction.
The interiors match the contemporary and minimal aesthetic of the cabin facade and are clad in untreated timber. Each dwelling accommodates two to five people and includes a kitchen and dining area on the ground floor, and a library on the first floor. The bed is strategically placed in an area near the full-height windows that doesn’t compromise the privacy of the guests.
“All details, also in the interior, are carefully planned and custom made for the project, but always with attention to the main conceptual idea,” write the architects. “The cabins are designed to offer their guests shelter and comfort while at the same time underlining the dramatic experience of the elements outside; the sea, landscape, changing lights, weather and different seasons. Above all the cabins endeavor to fulfill the functional requirements of the guests, with ample space for luggage and clothing/equipment, a comfortable bathroom and a kitchen/dining area.”
Images via Stinessen Arkitektur, © Siggen Stinessen