Finding yourself – probably the most important mission of one’s life. It sounds a bit too deep and in the same time dull. But it just sounds like that. In a few words, and in time everyone finds one thing (or two or three things) that can levitate his/her life in a path unexpected and strange at the beginning. But in time it becomes bit by bit little more clear and reasonable. We found some small things in hidden places.
It’s a story about a dream
Yes, indeed everybody is searching for something. We couldn’t argue with that. This new project drives us far away to the northern winds and dark seas of Norway. To places where the biggest treasure and advisor is nature. Where you just cannot help it but just be yourself.
Passing Oslo and away
Located between Oslo and Bergen at 1066 meters above sea level, Cabin Ustaoset designed by architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus overlooks a spectacular landscape, bringing memories and building dreams upon everyone who throws a glance to the lakes from its dark shores. The house faces the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and also provides views towards a lake and a glacier. But building this gem of a retreat wasn’t an easy task after all.
Distance is a bless
The interesting thing about this project is that actual area is not connected to any roads, so the materials for the construction had to be transported by helicopter during the warmer months and by snow scooters during the winter. Completed manually, the foundation also features pillars that protect the local vegetation and minimise the impact on the land (why aren’t we surprise…..it’s a Scandinavian thing after all). Designed for all year round use, the pine wood cabin has several distinctive features. The oversized eaves keep frost away from the windows, while the fenestration takes into account the direction of the wind and accumulation of snow during the colder months. Combined with the titled ceiling, the glazed wall in the open plan living room and dining room becomes the heart of the cabin. Here, the owners can admire the breathtaking landscape while enjoying a glass of wine with friends just as the distant mountains gain warmer tones from the light of the setting sun.
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Minimalistic features are at each corner of the interior and especially the exterior of the house. Clean lines, “dull” colours, engaging furniture and utensils make this place more than practical and in the same time a bit beautifully nostalgic.
A finished job
When all things come together, and they come together well, we surely realise it. There will be no frustration, no pondering if the taken decisions are right or wrong. Just like this house seems like standing on its right purpose, on its right place. No words could describe the feeling of a man, standing before its finished work. No matter if it is a planted tree, a repaired car or a built up dwelling. It all matters when we know how to cherish all this.
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