A gabled extension to this 19th-century farmhouse in Norway is made out of sustainable Kebony wood and designed to age with the existing building. The owners of the property commissioned Link Arkitektur to restore the old house and build an addition which would fit perfectly into the context and mimic the architecture of the existing structures in form and atmosphere. The project, named Øvre Tomtegate 7, modernizes the traditional style and enhances openness and daylighting.
The farmstead is located near River Glomma, the longest and largest river in Norway. It was purchased by a family who appreciated the old-fashioned charm of its architecture and wanted to preserve as much of the original structure as possible. Link Arkitektur were brought in to restore the existing buildings and design an extension. The design of the addition is influenced by traditional gable-roofed farmhouses. It modernizes the familiar forms and introduces wood cladding that doesn’t extend across the gabled end walls. Instead, large glazed surfaces offer views of the surrounding gardens and lets natural light into the interior.
The extension is clad in Kebony wood– sustainable, softwood with a maintenance-free finish created by cooking Kebony beams of maple and pine wood with alcohol and pressure, turning their soft wood properties into a hard wood. This environmentally-friendly process results in a sustainable wood that boosts the home’s unprecedented eco-friendly features. The wood starts out with a golden-brown color, and weathers to a pale grey.
The extension houses a new kitchen and dining area with a direct access to the garden. It is connected to the original building via a long corridor that leads to a series of additional rooms and the mezzanine level. Cedar plywood and white-painted surfaces dominate the interior, with recycled concrete floors.
Photos by Hundven Clements Photography