Architectuur & design

HOLIDAY HYGGE: A small Norwegian seaside retreat

Nestled right into the edge of a seaside cliff in the coastal city of Sandefjord, architecture firm Lund Hagem designed a small holiday home with a somewhat different profile.


Commissioned for one of the architecture firm’s very own founding partners, the project is designed as a small annex to accompany an existing holiday home on the secluded coastal site. The 30 square metre residence is carved into the rocks, its stepped roof and vertical glazing curved around the weather-beaten boulders.


Knapphullet, Vesterøya, Lund Hagem Arkitekter

Coastal charm

The design of Scandinavian summerhouses has always looked at ways in which to take full advantage of sunlight, and with a love for outdoor living in the summer months, shelter from harsher elements such as wind and water is always a must. So the firm developed this project as a study of ways in which to utilise a naturally sheltered area.


Knapphullet, Vesterøya, Lund Hagem Arkitekter


Knapphullet, Vesterøya, Lund Hagem Arkitekter

Rooftop views

The highlight of the home isn’t just its inventive location, but its stepped concrete roof which adds texture, creative form and even acts as a viewing platform. With indoor and outdoor living a huge factor when it comes to expanding small spaces, this project manages to not only provide this additional exterior space, but additionally does so in a way which impacts the home’s form as viewed from indoors and out.

Within the home itself, the stepped roof is portrayed as a sloped ceiling covered with slender slices of basket-woven oak, adding warmth to the home mostly constructed of floor-to-ceiling glazing. With living quarters immediately accessible from outdoors, an oak sleeping platform is suspended from the ceiling to maximise the small footprint while maintaining the open feel of the home, providing both privacy and openness in this hidden coastal hideaway.


Knapphullet, Vesterøya, Lund Hagem Arkitekter

Knapphullet, Vesterøya, Lund Hagem Arkitekter

Source: ArchDaily

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  • Prof Michael Wolff
    Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 at 09:31 PM

    What a delightful place. Is it possible to visit stay a few tranquil days in it?
    If it is, then I hope when the ‘Covid’ restrictions are lifted, I would love to visit.
    I could bring a genuine ‘Tripolina’ chair instead of the one that’s there!!!!

    Best wishes,