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At Home Amid Nature

On the western side of Norway’s Kvitfjell ski resort, Caspar and Lexie Mork-Ulnes have created a wooden holiday home for themselves and their two children. The structure stands at an altitude of around 1,000 m and was intended to make as little impact as possible on the surrounding natural spaces. Therefore, the entire Skigard Hytte (Eng.: Skigard Cabin) has been set on stilts. The space beneath the building serves as a storage area for firewood and a shelter for sheep and wildlife. The building’s shell, which is of quartered wooden rods, was inspired by the local building tradition. In Scandinavia, diagonally arranged spruce boles are used to build the fences that enclose meadows. This method, known as skigard, is also the project’s namesake. This short film by Juan Benavides / Filmstudio Filmatica depicts the tranquillity and proximity to nature of the snowed-in cabin.

Mork-Ulnes Architects work in two different locations, San Francisco and Oslo, their approach influenced by both Scandinavian practicality and the innovative spirit of northern California. Their designs follow a clear concept characterized by playfulness on the one hand and restraint on the other. The architects have realized projects on three continents to date, working at scales ranging from the masterplan to mini house. Mork-Ulnes Architects have received numerous national and international awards for their work, and have twice been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

We feature this project in Detail 12.2021.

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