The traditional Norwegian hut got a brilliant update with this modern, sustainable retreat that offers stunning views of the country’s fjords and mountains. Bergersen Arkitekter AS designed Viewpoint Granasjøen as a combination of shelter and summer house that recreates the old Norwegian Gapahuk (English: lean-to) as a multi-functional, flexible space that can be used throughout the year.

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The structure functions as a summer house escape, complete with grill, shed, and bathhouse, and was designed in close collaboration with the client and his specific needs and requirements. It is clad in dark brown stained wood that matches the main cabin on the property. A turf roof provides additional insulation and is angled to blend into the landscape.

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Large sliding glass panels provide a direct connection to and offer expansive views of the surroundings. The interior is simple, with a custom-built bench for seating and a small built-in fireplace.

+ Bergersen Arkitekter AS

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

Photos by Kjetil Nordø

Viewpoint Granasjøen, Bergersen Arkitekter AS, Norway, shelter, wood cabin, green roof, green architecture, sliding doors, fireplace, summer house, flexible space

Viewpoint Granasjøen, Bergersen Arkitekter AS, Norway, shelter, wood cabin, green roof, green architecture, sliding doors, fireplace, summer house, flexible space

Viewpoint Granasjøen, Bergersen Arkitekter AS, Norway, shelter, wood cabin, green roof, green architecture, sliding doors, fireplace, summer house, flexible space

Viewpoint Granasjøen, Bergersen Arkitekter AS, Norway, shelter, wood cabin, green roof, green architecture, sliding doors, fireplace, summer house, flexible space