This fifty-year-old cottage designed by architect Atle Sørby was renovated entirely by Local craftsmen in Time, Norway. Norwegian design studio bark arkitekter redesigned the home while taking care to balance modern functional requirements with the original architecture.
The Selestranda House occupies a relatively flat site surrounded by fields, beaches and dunes. It features a pitched roof with pulled-down gables which the original architect used to reinterpret the traditional housing typology of the region, which is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions.
The renovated cottage comprises two volumes–an annex with a bedroom, a bathroom and a storage room, and the main area, which houses the living room, kitchen, and dining room. Local craftsmen performed every part of the renovation. The roof tiles, manufactured by brick factories in Sandnes, were removed, stored, then put back in place individually.
In order to create an open-plan layout, the architects decided to take down the walls and ceiling in the common area. This also provided enough space for a ribbon window that offers panoramic views of the landscape.
Photos by Lise Bjelland