SENJA | Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio
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Official Project Name : Cabin Senja
Location: Senja, Norway
Client: Solbjørg Sørensen & Reidar Fagerholt
Architects/designers: Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio AS
Project Manager: Hans-Petter Bjørnådal
Design team: Architect MNAL Hans-Petter Bjørnådal
Collaborators: Reidar Fagerholt & Solbjørg Sørensen
Landscape Architect: Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio
Project sector: Housing
Budget: 2 400 000 NOK
Project completion date: July 2020
Photographer: Hans-Petter Bjørnådal
The cabin is located in Senja at 69° north in Norway surrounded by majestic mountains, magical fjords with thriving fishing villages, holding on to narrow bits of land between mountains and ocean. The National Tourist Route leads you on a 10 mil long journey along with one of the finest landscapes, with spectacular points of view and several exciting detours.
The cabin designed by Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio is located near a small fishing village called Hamn. The client wanted a family cottage with panoramic views of Senja's stunning mountains and nature. In such a beautiful and delicate landscape, it is important to build with nature and create a project that feels like a part of the landscape.
By studying old Sami building traditions, the architects found the ancient tradition of “Heller” where Sami would find shelter and build a cottage under large rocks. By shaping the building envelope like a stone with natural lines similar to the mountains, one could make a large panorama window in this shape. The project then becomes a "rock with a view" that settles naturally in the terrain - hidden by the forest from neighbors and the main road. Still, on the inside of the cabin, you feel like being part of nature.
The cabin has a wooden facade painted in dark grey to naturally blend in with the surrounding nature. The windows are made of wood/aluminum with details in steel to protect from the harsh winter storms. The main entrance is carved into the building mass and creates a sheltered space to relax.
Inside the cabin, the walls are covered with pine boards, oak floors, and a 45x45 wooden slated ceiling. This creates a warm and cozy atmosphere to relax by the fireplace.
At the dinner table, one gathers the family with a panoramic view of the mountains. The lines between inside and outside have been blurred and the space changes in tune with the light and landscape.
“Architecture is about facilitating life that will take place inside the built, and that this life thrives and grows in symbiosis with our world. Architecture is not just the shell that keeps you dry and shields you from the forces of nature. It will also help to recreate the connection between man and nature, man and the cosmos.” says Hans-Petter Bjørnådal.