Inspirations

The Outermost House: A Norwegian Island Retreat

Designed way back in 2012 by Kolman Boye architects, Summerhouse Nauste is set in the unspoiled seaside landscape of Vega in the Norwegian archipelago, not far from the polar circle. The private residence features expansive windows facing three directions: ocean, mountains, and the moss-covered, rocky terrain. A natural ravine of sea-sand from the shore provides access to the house. 

The home is built from linseed-oil-treated pine with untreated birch skirting, frames, and reveals. From the exterior, the wood siding mirrors the muted tones of the surrounding landscape. The airy, open-plan interiors are whitewashed, and the furniture, chosen by the resident, includes Scandinavian classics from the likes of Børge Mogensen and Bernt Pedersen.

Photography by Åke E:son Lindman, courtesy of Kolman Boye Architects.

the project is named after a group of nearby traditional huts, called &#82 9
Above: The project is named after a group of nearby traditional huts, called “Nauste” in Norwegian.

the clean, pitched roof mimics the natural peaks of nearby mountains. 10
Above: The clean, pitched roof mimics the natural peaks of nearby mountains.
 the lower level is an open plan centered around a stone hearth. 11
Above: The lower level is an open plan centered around a stone hearth.

above: bernt pedersen kludestol chairs are strategically positioned to afford & 12
Above: Bernt Pedersen Kludestol Chairs are strategically positioned to afford  panoramic views.
the large windows of the house face three directions toward mountains, land, an 13
Above: The large windows of the house face three directions toward mountains, land, and sea.

kitchen cabinets are inset into a shiplap paneled wall above the stainless stee 14
Above: Kitchen cabinets are inset into a shiplap paneled wall above the stainless steel countertop.
a simple dining room with børge mogensen j39 dining chairs and a 15
Above: A simple dining room with Børge Mogensen J39 Dining Chairs and a Broberg & Ridderstråle Big Patina Oil Lamp on the table.
a built in bookshelf provides storage;  a sleeping loft hovers overhe 16
Above: A built-in bookshelf provides storage;  a sleeping loft hovers overhead.
a minimal bedroom, decorated in earth tones, is flooded with nat 17
Above: A minimal bedroom, decorated in earth tones, is flooded with natural light.
above l: a solid pine deck conforms to the organic curves of the land bene 18
Above L: A solid pine deck conforms to the organic curves of the land beneath it. Above R: The surrounding gnarled birch shrubs and wild moss.

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N.B.: This post has bee updated from the original, which ran on May 6, 2016.