Northface by Element

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Northface by Element

The top floor of this periscope-like wooden house in Stavanger, Norway, cantilevers northwards towards the sea.

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Top: photograph is by the architects

Oslo architects Element renovated the 40-year-old house in 2010, choosing to reconfigure the existing two lower storeys and to completely replace the original upper floor.

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A long window stretches across the entire width of the cantilever to provide a view across the water from the new open-plan living and dining room.

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Residents enter the house at this level, while the floors below step down in tandem with the steeply declining hillside.

Northface by Element

Above: photograph is by the architects

Photography is by Dinesen, apart from where otherwise stated.

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Here's some more information from Element:


The existing house was built in 1969 as a "twin" to the neighbouring building. It did not function well to the demands of 2008-living, neither in the room sizes nor in their solutions, and it had generally a need for restoration work.

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Element, together with the client, has come to a solution where mainly the bottom two stories are rehabilitated while the top story is replaced with a lighter and more open construction which opens up towards a grand view of "Byfjorden."

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This is a big change from the earlier situation where it was necessary to go down a level to see the view.

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The volume on top is also pulled further away from the road to make room for a larger sun deck towards the south and to let more light into the building. This deck is also thereby sheltered from the northern wind.

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The architectural expression strengthens the qualities on the site and reflects its northern orientation. At the same time it respects the existing constructive principles.

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Sustainability: massive wood construction; reuse of the old foundation and walls.
Program: single family house
Location: Lauvastølveien 20, Stavanger, Norway

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Client: Ingvild Sæther
Collaborators: Florian Kosche AS, Moelven Massivtre AS

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Size: 277 m2
Status: completion 2010

  • bruce

    another interior shoot, another set of white eames chairs. Am I the only one? They seem to be in every second photo shoot these days. How about some originality.

    • vertigo66

      Bruce: I know what you mean, you're not the only one…I complain about lazy furniture specification all the time at work. But they are nice…when it came to buying my own dining chairs, guess what I ended up with?

      • http://twitter.com/mikman @mikman

        They're unfairly comfortable as well, you think it's all about the fact of owning an Eames Shell Chair but I bought an older fiberglass version recently and it made me throw out my leather computer chair.

        That being said, you're completely right, they're overused, and I don't think it's the right chair to be used as a dining chair, especially when it's warm inside you're much better off getting some modern Scandinavian equivalent made out of wood. Fiberglass/plastic doesn't breathe very well.

        • http://poteetarchitects.com jim

          Variety is overrated. Quality is underrated.

  • http://twitter.com/Pierre_Phillips @Pierre_Phillips

    this work is all about that living room and probably all the other rooms not emphasizing on areas with minimal time spent on such as hall way and stairs..the critical areas certainly is nice with that cantilever window