Cosy cabin luxury!
Nordic winters can certainly be long and very cold, but there are few things more satisfying than a cosy wooden cabin to return to after exploring the great outdoors! Nordique loves this example in particular, from Oslo studio Lund Hagem. This really is Scandinavian architecture at its finest, with natural and locally-sourced timber combined with concrete elevations that hunker down to protect it from the winter weather.
The property is located in the Geilo ski resort in Norway on a site that provides its owners with a panoramic views of the stunning valley.
Its high altitude means the cabin is exposed to severe winter weather and heavy snowfall, so during part of the year it is only accessible using skis or a snowmobile.
The Geilo Cabin comprises a main cabin with a separate guest house and carport, which are connected by a continuous gabled roof and arranged in a U-shaped plan around a sheltered courtyard.
In order to protect it from the weather and to ensure that the cabin fits with its environment, the structure is partly embedded in the side of the hill. This drives the natural, cosy style of the home, which is supplemented by beautiful floor to ceiling windows.
Retaining walls and surfaces that faces the landscape, and could be exposed to drifting snow, are formed from exposed board-marked concrete that is tinted black.
The tone and texture of the concrete matches the dark stained timber applied to the remaining facades, with a nod to the style of the region's traditional buildings.
Inside the building, black concrete floors and dark oak panelling create an intimate and cosy feel. In addition to the main windows, a long skylight at the apex of the pitched ceiling focuses natural light into the living areas.
Some of the features are truly stunning - such as the suspended fireplace in the main cabin, which provides a striking feature.
Photography by Marc Goodwin.