This old garage and its jagged roof might not look like much from the outside, but don’t let looks deceive you. Design studio NOMA Architects transformed a concrete garage in the Norwegian island of Tjøme with the addition of a beautiful light-filled library. Surrounded by leafy canopies and lined with timber, the elevated library has a similar appearance to a cozy treehouse.
NOMA Architects preserved the garage’s original 65-square-meter footprint, but added a combined library, kitchen, and workspace. The garage’s former gabled roofline was swapped for a sawtooth roof clad in vertical strips of timber and punctuated by irregularly sized windows. An earthy palette comprising natural and untreated materials—such as wood, stone, and concrete—dominate the design.
Side access stairs lead up to the spacious, open-plan addition. Custom floor-to-ceiling bookshelves cover the walls. “The walls are elevated in all directions in order to optimize the number of bookshelves,” write the architects. “The windows are integrated into the bookshelves in order to create an exciting geometrical space highlighting the beautiful daylight.” Large windows fill the room with natural light and have wide ledges for lounging. At night, hanging timber lights illuminate the combined library and kitchen with a cozy orange glow.
Images via NOMA Architects, © Jean S. Lorentzen