Overlooking the Moldefjord in the west of Norway, Rever & Drage Architects have designed and created a paired-back approach to the traditional wood cabins found up and down the country.
Nestled into the hillside, the home known as Zieglers Nest is a four-storey residence with a difference. Modern features such as large glazed areas and a roof terrace allow for the clients to take full advantage of the sweeping views.
The high life
The tall, narrow design of the building maximises its unbeatable views, while its being set back into the hill minimises the size of its concrete foundations, creating a lesser footprint on the land.
While a concrete basement with an expansive five-metre-high utility area sits below, tucked into the land, three floors above provide plenty of space for the owners to enjoy. Its stacked style lends itself perfectly to large, vertical windows which lend the home a modern air, while more minimal more minimal, unoffensive side elevations allow for more privacy.
A natural arrangement
While stylistic choices were made in the construction, the home sports a timber frame wrapped in large timber beams, dovetailed together to mirror the construction of log cabins. The natural materials draw on the building’s surroundings, while the interior layout was carefully chosen to follow the light and match the occupants’ usage.
A library with direct access to the outdoors sits alongside a kitchen featuring a conservatory allowing for daylight and views throughout the year. Not only are the spaces arranged for the view and light availability, but additionally have been cleverly arranged so that the dirtiest rooms are at the bottom and the cleanest at the top, a clever consideration in an area so closely connected to the outdoors both in the summer months and in the snowy winter.