Oslo-based architecture firm Vardehaugen created the perfect setting to watch the waves with this cozy cabin positioned atop a cliff near a fjord in central Norway. The home’s unique footprint, designed to resemble a mountain fox curling up to avoid the freezing wind, encapsulates an airy interior sheltered from the elements. Whether holing up inside, protected from the elements, or enjoying the sunshine on one of the home’s outdoor decks, the lucky residents of this eclectic Norwegian getaway must be feeling like they are on top of the world in this one-of-a-kind cabin.
This Norwegian cabin takes full advantage of its coastal locale, with enormous windows framing the view from the living room. From within that room, which juts out from the rest of the floorplan toward the cliff’s edge, an expansive panoramic vista encourages the wasting of endless hours overlooking the water and surrounding rocky terrain, as well as the small community on the adjacent peninsula. The home’s black roof was designed to protect the structure from strong winds and cold, insuring a cozy resting space inside.
A sliding door on one side of the living room opens onto a small patio area, which extends the living space into the outdoors and invites residents to enjoy breakfast on the smooth bedrock right next to the cabin. The other side of the home features a second deck, dubbed the “evening patio,” which is most likely a stellar spot for taking in an incredible sunset. Funky shapes create an annex, great for exploring the outdoors without being completely exposed to the wind.
Although the cabin could easily double as a wildlife observatory, since nearly every side of the home sports enormous picture windows, it can easily be transformed into a private getaway as well. The shape of the building and the inclusion of natural wooden shades on each window makes it possible to batten down the hatches, rain or shine, and steal away from the world for a while.
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