Atelier Oslo : House on an Island

Nestled in the wilds of Norway's Skåtøy Island, House on an Island is Atelier Oslo's new architectural achievement. A true place of tranquility, the house faces the North Sea and invites contemplation.

Founded in 2006, the Norwegian agency Atelier Oslo designs each project by developing an original architectural language in which the structure, materiality, light and space are highlighted in order to best meet the current architectural challenges, monumental projects to private dwellings. In this respect, their realization House on an Island - literally "House on an Island" - is an example. Inhabited today by a couple of artists looking for inspiration, it has been realized in coherence with the site in which it is inserted.


Housed in a steep nature in southern Norway, the house is a secluded haven, sort of intimate and modern hideaway spanning 70 square meters. An original prefabricated facade of thermally treated gray wood envelops a two-storey, fully glazed concrete structure. The access to the residence is particularly original: a staircase gives on the roof, the entrance of the hut. The house is open to the horizon and the environment.

Nature is the main source of inspiration for the place. The influence of the landscape on the choice of the structure, the materials and the organization of the space is indeed noticeable. On the one hand, the construction of the facade, openwork and glazed, creates games of singular contrasts. During the day, natural light intrudes subtly into the interior spaces of the building, while at night the artificial lighting illuminates the surroundings of the house. On the other hand, the characteristics of the site integrate with the architecture itself. Concrete, for example, is found indoors and outdoors. So House on an Island and the site keep talking.

To learn more, visit the site ofOslo Workshop

Photographs: IVAR KVAAL

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