Holidays in nature. A synonym for sustainability.



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Holidays in nature. A synonym for sustainability.
Spending holidays surrounded by nature and being aware of the environment has become an increasingly widespread trend. Sustainable architecture expresses this trend with projects like the Hvasser house, designed by the Norwegian firm Hille Strandskogen arkitekter as.

Hvasser is one of the three biggest isles of the Tjøme municipality in the province of Vestfold. Situated at the mouth of the Oslo fjord, it is not far from the capital which makes it an ideal place for outdoor trips for the inhabitants of Oslo.

Here, the architects in the firm Hille Strandskogen arkitekter as, headed by Henrik Hille and Ervin Strandskogen, have designed a holiday home which blends perfectly into the natural background of the island.

An L-shaped building, linked by a covered footbridge, create a little courtyard which is sheltered from the wind. A large fitted window in the corner of the living room in the main part of the building allows a visual connection with the exterior looking out onto dunes followed by a view of the sea. The slats on the wooden shutters, made in brise-soleil fashion for privacy, are slanting in order not to reduce the range of vision.

The building material is mainly larch which resists well to bad weather and gradually changes colour to become all at one with the landscape.

This project is based on respecting nature and on considerably reducing its footprint. The effect obtained is due to intentionally abstaining from fanciness and colours which interfere with the beauty of natural materials.

Project: Hille Strandskogen arkitekter as m.n.a.l., Oslo, http://www.hsark.no/
Location: Hvasser, Tjøme, Norway

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