Atelier Oslo wraps House on an Island in gridded timber facade

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

A prefabricated timber facade envelops the concrete split-level interiors of this cabin, which Atelier Oslo has slotted onto an outcrop in Skåtøy, Norway.

Norwegian studio Atelier Oslo designed the dwelling for a pair of artists who wanted a retreat for contemplation and working on the coast of the Scandinavian island.

The cabin, named House on an Island, features large glazed walls wrapped by a gridded facade that is intended to create a “calm atmosphere” by filtering light like the leaves of a tree.

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

“The inspiration came from the feeling you have when sitting under a tree. Getting the rays of sun filtering through the branches,” founding partner at Atelier Oslo Nils Ole Brandtzæg told Dezeen.

“Since the house is fully glazed the wooden structure also works as sun-shading and framing of the views. Towards the neighbours and south it is more closed while it opens up towards the sea and the horizon.”

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

House on an Island’s facade slots onto the cabin’s timber frame. Both are made from heat-treated wood that will turn grey over time.

The frame is embedded into a concrete base, which Atelier Oslo adapted to the topography of the site, forming a series of split-levels.

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

“The topography of the site was carefully measured to integrate the rocks into the project,” explained the architecture studio.

“The interior becomes part of the landscape and walking in and around the cabin gives a unique experience, where the different qualities from the site becomes part of the architecture.”

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

Inside, the cabin comprises an open-plan living room and kitchen, alongside a bathroom, two bedrooms and an office space.

In the living room, Atelier Oslo has also used concrete to create a ruin-like structure that grows out from the building’s concrete floor. It incorporates a bench, fireplace, and a day bed that is elevated on a micro-mezzanine level.

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

To help the house blend with its surroundings, the concrete extends outside and around the dwelling, creating a variety of different outdoor spaces for the house.

House on an Island is complete with a staircase that leads down to the entrance, puncturing the roof line of the cabin. Here Atelier Oslo has incorporated a small bench, forming “the perfect spot to sit down and catch the last rays of the sunset.”

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

Atelier Oslo is an architecture studio founded in 2006 by Nils Ole Bae Brandtzæg, Thomas Liu, Marius Mowe and Jonas Norsted.

In 2014 it perched a basalt-clad cabin with a curvaceous wood interior on a slope in Norwegian forest.

House on an Island by Atelier Oslo

Architecture studio Sanden+Hodnekvam Arkitekter also recently completed a concrete retreat in Norway, which sits beside an outcrop beside the Beitstadfjorden.

Named Cabin at Rones, the dwelling was commissioned by a couple who wanted a simple space to relax and enjoy views of the fjord.

Photography is by Ivar Kvaal.

Project credits:

Architect: Atelier Oslo
Consultants: Bohlinger + Grohman Ingenieure, Norconsult
Contractor: Admar AS

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