Cottage in Norway

Built by the clients themselves, the cottage designed by TYIN Architects sits amidst marshland, sea rock and scattered pines and junipers, a few meters away from thee North Sea.

TYIN tegnestue Architects, K21 cottage, Norway, 2016
TYIN Tegnestue Architects designed a cottage in Møre og Romsdal, on the seaside in the Northern part of Norway. Measuring 60 square meters, it is designed as a sustainable structure both in terms of material usage and energy consumption.


Cottages hold a special place in Norwegian contemporary living, reminiscent of how the majority of people used to live only a few generations back while farming, fishing or lumbering. The building sits amidst marshland, sea-adjacent rock and scattered pine and juniper vegetation. An important task was to avoid interfering with this sensitive surrounding terrain, since it heals slowly due to climatic factors. 

TYIN tegnestue Architects, K21 cottage, Norway, 2016
TYIN tegnestue Architects, K21 cottage, east facade
The cottage lies 21 meters above the sea level, and 100 meters from the sea. Some marsh had to be cleared in preparing for the building phase, exposing bedrock and thus aiding in integrating the cottage with the terrain. The structure rests on a concrete base, and the main building is a studwork house with beamed ceilings. The main building sits on three different levels, in order to lowering its height and emphasizing a connection between the interior and the outdoor. 
TYIN tegnestue Architects, K21 cottage, Norway, 2016
TYIN tegnestue Architects, K21 cottage, Norway, 2016
Visual impact depends markedly on perspective. From west the cottage appears rather tall, while from east it looks lower and more adapted. Entry to the main building is situated next to the outhouse, and a shared gallery roof keeps it sheltered from rain and wind. The exterior is clad in spruce harvested from the client’s own forest. This untreated material fades rapidly, attaining a light and silvery shimmering hue patina. 

K21 Skardsøya, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Program: cottage
Architects: TYIN Tegnestue Architects
Andreas G. Gjertsen, Ørjan Nyheim
Area: 60 sqm
Cost: 187,130 euros
Completion: 2016

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