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Wormdal House, Haug, Oslo, by Jensen & Skodvin Architects

Living room of house

On a predominately urban situation on the edge of the centre of Oslo, is the site for the Wormdal House full of mature trees and landscape. Such things are rare for a relatively central location in the city. By manipulating the views out of the house, Jensen & Skodvin Architects used the landscape to create the illusion of a rural retreat.

The brick vault covering the living room and kitchen is structural. Technically it is a hybrid structure between a vault and a shell. It reminds me of the work of the Uruguayan architect and engineer Eladio Dieste. From the interior perspective, the vault gives the spaces their warm Scandinavian retro feel.

The house sits in a rather traditional urban context and is almost hidden part way down a slope within the trees. Perhaps conservative planning regulations account for this urban modesty, yet I cannot help thinking this house was there in the early 1970s. Gratitude to the Scandinavian.

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