Cabin Vardehaugen by Fantastic Norway



Norwegian architecture studio Fantastic Norway have completed a holiday cabin at Fosen in Norway.


The timber dwelling is located on a hilltop in a remote coastal area.


The following information is from Fantastic Norway:


Cabin Vardehaugen
Fantastic Norway

Short Project information:
Name: Coastal Cabin (by “Fantastic Norway)
Category: Residential/recreational


The cabin is situated on the top of a rocky hill at the outermost coast of Fosen (Norway).


The building is carefully placed and designed in relation to the local terrain, the panoramic view and the specific climactic conditions in the area.


A variety of sheltered outdoor spaces enables a dynamic and social relation between the cabin and the surrounding landscape.


In addition to this, the design aims to address the traditional, plain and pragmatic building culture in the area.


The cabin is 77m² and was erected in 2008 by Åbygg AS.


Posted on Sunday October 19th 2008 at 8:30 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • magna_carta

    Not sure the architect-babble above is correct… however who cares when they make such a wonderful building!

    And unlike many architectural images shown on dezeen – this one HAS BEEN BUILT!


  • anonymous

    One of the better posts on Dezeen in months. Beautiful project.

  • kingmu

    I’m… well, I’m… I’m just not sure.

  • Very nice. Draws a contrast with the landscape while maintaining harmony.

  • Interesting contrast between power of nature and architectural composition…

  • Emerson

    I love Norway

  • Emerson

    No interiors?

  • windbag

    I don’t mind the aesthetic of containers, but in this kind of enviroment the use of “organic” forms maybe would have been more appropriate.

  • cindy

    architectural poetry in a sublime environment

  • jek

    organic forms? what makes you say that?

    I guess they have used timber since it seems readily available, smart choice in my mind… looks a great project, seems to sit in the landscape effortlessly….

    very nice, great post…

  • I do love the double skin contrast. Great object and quite an nice simple, beatiful project.. the concept is there and you can see it. :) Nice !

  • WM

    love the contrasting colours

  • esa


  • rodney

    Beautiful work.

    I think it does address the built form of rural norway successfully.


  • Nice!!!
    Norway will always have great architects.
    Perfect translation of the project with its surroundings.

  • rypat

    what an incredible site.

    i wouldn’t know how to improve that landscape, and i’m not so sure this project does.

    it is nice, though.
    i wish there were some interior views.

  • windbag

    “organic forms? what makes you say that?”

    basically the satellite picture of the site.

    the operation of searching some sort of “dialogue” with the surroundings, sounds more challenging to me than that of dropping an abstract object from above.

  • bob

    This is what the nordic countries do best: A single building in nature. Placed perfectly like it’s been there for hundreds of years.

    Nordic projects in an urban setting on the other hand, are mostly not so great.

  • desirable outright!

    though i’d have used black for that little edge surface where the black cuts off and the white begins.

  • MW


  • Morais

    I submit a post yesterday…where it is?

  • Morais

    I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me…
    She showed me her room, isn’t it good, norwegian wood?

    She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere,
    So I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair.

    I sat on a rug, drinking her wine, biting my time,
    We talked until two and then she said, “It’s time for bed”

    She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh.
    I told her I didn’t and crawled off to sleep in the bath

    And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown
    So I lit a fire, isn’t it good, norwegian wood.

  • *MIRTEC*
  • MADS

    great house,
    great simple plans & volume

    nice “way of life”

  • masahiro

    very interesting architectural decision

  • Ron

    How do they get internet?