Oslo-based studios Koreo Arkitekter and Kolab Arkitekter joined forces to convert an old wooden boathouse into a stunning summer house that glows with warmth. Located in a small fishing village called Vikebygd, on Norway's west coast, 'Naust V' combines old pine slats with a new polycarbonate skin. Its translucent walls not only let natural light in, but also make the shelter magically glow when the sun goes down.
‘Naust V’ (boathouse in Norwegian) was originally built for storing boats and fishing equipment but it’s now enjoyed as a summer retreat. Working under strict building regulations, the architects kept the original structure, traditional gable roof and large waterfront doors. They then reclad the whole 430-square foot building using locally sourced, vertical heartwood pine planks.
To make the space larger, an extension was made at the back combining the wooden louvers with a polycarbonate skin that affords varying degrees of transparency. Inside, the old and new spaces are divided by a change of the floor’s level and surface. The front room is concrete, while the rear extension’s ground its stone. Seating and shelves are integrated into the minimal interiors, with a shiny blue fireplace as the focal point that not only provides warmth but also makes the shelter glow.
Photos by Mattias Josefsson