Location: Bærum, Akershus, Viken County, Norway
Architect: Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs
Client: Eva Berge
Design date: 1996
Completion date: 1997
Built area: 200m2
Design Team: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Christian Dahle
Contractor: Voraa Entreprenør AS
Photographer: Espen Grønli
Text provided by the architects:
This studio-house is situated on the top of a hill, facing the sea, just a few minutes, drive outside Oslo.
The large living room on the first floor is opened towards the sea-view in a north-westerly direction, while the building is almost closed towards the road towards the south-east.
The south-eastern facade is only opened for a glimpse through the building by window openings of the kitchen between the entrances of the living and working areas. This opening in the wall acts as a viewing gate towards the distant landscape.
The living part of the house is laid out like an open terrace that stretches out for the view and the evening sun while the studio space is more cubic and introvert. It is diagonally orientated in plan and section, along a more restricted light axis which allows for a concentrated working-situation.
There is a roof terrace above the living room which has its entrance from the studio space.
Sleeping rooms and bathroom are situated on the ground floor, more anonymously shaped behind the terrace wall.
The exterior is paneled with untreated panels of aspen which turns naturally silver-grey by weathering.