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Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus

At 1,066 meters above sea level, the Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus, sits at the base of Hardangervidda – a large mountain plateau in central-southern Norway. The residence was designed by the architect for his own family, and is built into the landscape to avoid a strong contrast between new construction and the natural environment.

Since there is no road connection, building materials had to be flown in by helicopter or delivered via snow vehicle. The exterior is clad in pine, which will grey over time, further blending into the existing landscape. Designed to be used year-round, considerations had to be taken to protect the cabin from the harsh winter climate of Norway, specifically, exterior build features like the roof’s width, protect the house, and trafficked areas were specially placed to avoid snow accumulation. The house sits on a foundation of concrete pillars above the bedrock, and the immediate area was landscaped subtly to preserve the slow-growing alpine vegetation found at such altitudes.

Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Oslo-based Aarhus’ minimal approach to the interior also makes use of pine throughout. The main area consists of a angled ceiling and a view-facing wall of glass, the space designed to suggest you are as outdoors as you are in, a reference to the gapahuk (the Norwegian version of a lean-to – a traditional, improvised hiking shelter).

With surprisingly sizable accommodations (thanks to built-in bunks), clever storage, and thoughtfully positioned windows, the Ustaoset Cabin offers all the comforts of home while taking full advantage of the great outdoors.

Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Ustaoset Cabin by Architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus

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Photos: Knut Bry, Jon Danielsen Aarhus, Ruth Mjøen

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