Writers looking for a peaceful place to write will love this tiny wooden cabin designed by Norwegian architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter. Clad in wood, this geometric cottage hangs off the hillside in the mostly rural municipality of Asker, Norway. The sharp angles of the Writer's Cottage were informed by the site boundaries, steep terrain, and the placement of an underground pipeline.
Completed in 2008, this 173-square-foot cabin is divided into two main spaces: an outdoor garden bounded by three walls that serves as the entry hall, and an indoor living space comprising an elevated bookcase, fireplace, a triangular writing desk and sitting area. Light-colored wood paneling covers the interior of the minimalist space; the same wood material was also used to construct the furnishings.
To mitigate a steep slope, the cottage is partly supported atop wooden stilts. Strategically placed glazed openings allow for views and natural light to enter the space without compromising the client’s privacy. A large slatted triangular sun shade juts out from the corner of the cottage to protect the writer’s desk from harsh sunlight in the morning hours.
Images via Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter