BERGEN (NO) - The house that recently appeared in the coastal landscape of Hjellestad, not far from Bergen, is the product of a close collaboration between client and architect. The house's occupants (self-described 'gadget freaks') had very definite requirements; Villa G is not the first house they have commissioned, but it is the first in which they will continue to live for the time being.
The interior radiates meticulous attention to details. Most cupboards and storage spaces are built into walls that are up to 70 cm thick in places. Power outlets are similarly concealed, with all technology being controlled from a panel in the kitchen. Suspended in the middle of the house is one of the most eye-catching elements – a floating staircase made in one piece from 1-cm-thick steel and weighing close to a ton. Every detail in this house by Saunders Architecture bespeaks the clients' desire for 'a house with clean lines without any visual noise and clutter'.
This wish is also reflected in the design of the exterior. With its rounded corners, recessed balconies and uniform cladding, the facade is in fact a single fluid gesture. The immaculate cladding consists of vertically applied, white-stained spruce planks in three different widths. Thanks to the curves and light colour, the house merges subtly with its rugged coastline setting, and although the timber cladding has a modernist air about it, it also refers indisputably to Norwegian building traditions. (Hannah Schubert)
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