This house on the hilly outskirts of Oslo is orientated toward the southwest, where the view shed features forests, lakes, and the Oslo fjord. To accommodate a grade that occasionally measures 60 degrees, the site is organized into terraces, and the interior of the home was strategically planned to encourage profound interaction with the immediate landscape and distant horizon. The lower level of the rectangular-plan house, for example, is laid out as one space divided into zones, and has two dark concrete walls that heighten the sense of weightlessness of their glass counterparts. All levels are connected by a three-story steel staircase that enhances the feeling of inhabiting the sky.
Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Location: Holmenkollen, Vestre Aker, Oslo, Norway
Program: New private Villa for family of 5
Size: 370 m2
Commission type: Direct commission (2001)
Photographer: Reiulf Ramstad Artkitekter