architecture

Diamond-shaped slates protect this weekend house from the north wind

weekend house norway asymmetrical pitched slate roof

The many Norwegian fjords and their offshore islands are just perfect for a nice weekend home in nature. The house we are presenting today is on a lush island northeast of Stavanger. Since the island has no connection to the mainland, all materials for the construction are transported by ship. The project for the weekend house was designed by the Norwegian architects Ressel and Pir II. The experts opted for a facade made of slate, which protects the building and the garden from the harsh north wind. You can find out more about the architecture and interior design of the house below.

small weekend house architecture slate facade

The special, slightly angled shape of the building looks like a quarter circle and is intended to protect the southern outer area from the northern wind. Norwegian slate is used as cladding, which is designed in the shape of diamond-shaped slates. This creates a kind of building envelope that not only serves as a windbreak, but also creates an interesting visual effect. The slates consist of a dark gray, almost black stone, which is described as particularly resilient and weather-resistant.

slate diamond-shaped building envelope window

Although the majority of the facade is clad with slate, there are also recessed facade areas for which acetylated wooden slats are used. They are described as very stable and their dark color harmonizes perfectly with the slate.

interior furnishings weekend house wood cladding ash

In the interior, ash wood is mainly used as the material, especially in the form of plywood and solid wood cladding for walls, floors and ceilings. On the ground floor, the floor is still made of polished concrete and underfloor heating is integrated into it for more comfort. In this room there is also a wood stove made of concrete, which works both as an oven and as a fireplace.

south terrace window view forest fjord

Inside the house is comfortably and practically furnished. On the ground floor there is a living and dining room as well as a kitchenette in the hallway, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate toilet. Since the client wanted several sleeping places in the weekend house, the architects designed the roof space as a bedroom as well. There, however, the ceiling height is not sufficient and mathematically the living space does not flow into the living space. The windows and glazing in the house offer a wonderful view of the fjord and the surrounding area.

wood paneling inside hallway weekend house

wood walls ceiling cottage interior design

attic wood paneling ash concrete wall

attic window sloping roof sleeping places

loft bedrooms beds niches storage space

bathroom small weekend house island

diamond-shaped slate facade windbreak

small window facade slate

slate diamond shape dark gray windbreak

ground floor floor plan rooms distribution

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* A project by Ressel architecture and Pir II