PAN-cabins | Espen Surnevik

PAN-cabins | Espen Surnevik

Designed by Architect Espen Surnevik, these majestic cabins are located at the eastern part of Norway, close to the Swedish border, a two hour drive north of Oslo. The cabins are located in a huge forest area called “Finnskogen” (Finnish forest) - named because of immigration of Finnish people in to the region in the 17th century.

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The cabins are quite large - approximately 40 square meters inside, and stood on tall stilts, affording incredible views of the surrounding countryside. Inside, there is a mezzanine level with a double bed, and space for up to six sleeping places in total. The cabins are supported with a complete bathroom with water-toilet and shower. There is a small kitchen and a fireplace - this certainly is a luxurious tree house!

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The cabins have a main structure made of steel which is suspended 6m deep into the bedrock in order to provide stability against the strong winds in the region. The cladding is mainly in black oxidized zinc and black steel. Inside, the interiors of the cabins are made mainly of precision crafted pine wood, creating a minimalistic yet homely feel.

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The materials used in the project deliberately seeks to be a contrast to the surrounding forest. Part of the project was to investigate how to produce black matt surfaces that could have an extreme degree of light absorption. This became an interesting challenge - how to get the expressive structures not to stand out from the forest in colour, but rather blend in with the darkness of the trees when viewed from long distances.

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About the architect:

Espen Surnevik (1973) is a Norwegian contemporary Architect having his own architectural practice in Oslo but working with projects in a wide range and geographical area. Besides his practice he is also a teaching professor at the Oslo School of Architecture.


Client: PAN-tretopphytter (PAN treetop-cabins) | panhytter.no

Architect: Espen Surnevik | espensurnevik.no

Photographer: Rasmun Norlander


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