Kolman Boye builds "home of offcuts" on Norway's south coast

Kolman Boye Architects has accomplished a weekend retreat in Lillesand, Norway, with a facade produced from offcuts of wood floors materials.

Architects Erik Kolman and Victor Boye, founders of Stockholm-based Kolman Boye, got here up with the design after discovering that Danish flooring model Dinesen had a big quantity of leftover wooden obtainable to be used.

Utilizing oak offcuts, they developed a cladding system that would successfully cowl the partitions and the roof of the timber-framed Saltviga Home.

Saltviga Home is a weekend retreat for a household

This led to the venture being nicknamed “the home of offcuts”.

“It is about utilizing what’s obtainable, of looking for stunning supplies with out clicking ‘order’ on a pc,” mentioned Boye.

“While you have a look at previous homes, they’d all the time be constructed from the perfect supplies obtainable in shut proximity,” he advised Dezeen. “We wished to discover how this pondering may look at this time.”

House of offcuts by Kolman Boye Architects
Oak flooring offcuts clad the outside partitions and roof

The home is situated on the seafront, on a rocky website the place the house owners – a household with kids – beforehand had one other vacation dwelling.

Though the architects had initially hoped to improve the unique construction, the situation was too unhealthy to make this doable.

Saltviga House by Kolman Boye Architects
The offcuts had been equipped by wood floors producer Dinesen

They as an alternative deliberate a brand new single-storey home that follows the unique footprint, however is about over 5 totally different ranges that work with the location’s pure topography.

The choice to make use of offcuts got here early on. Boyes had already been working with college students on the Royal Danish Academy to discover new makes use of for this materials after Dinesen had approached him with the concept.

House of offcuts by Kolman Boye Architects
In complete, round 12,000 offcuts had been used within the venture

This received him interested by whether or not this waste materials could possibly be used at an architectural scale. Dinesen cherished the concept and provided to produce sufficient wooden to make it doable.

“Dinesen is an previous household firm that, from technology to technology, has been working to the concept of utilising all of the items of the tree trunk,” mentioned Hans Peter Dinesen, who shares his title with Dinesen’s founder, his great-great grandfather.

“Offcuts are one thing that can all the time be obtainable, so we attempt to be inquisitive about methods to use this materials in new methods,” he added.

Kolman and Boye, together with venture architect Asger Højlund, constructed a collection of full-scale protoypes to assist them perceive probably the most environment friendly and sensible manner of layering the oak offcuts.

Dining table in front of window in house of offcuts by Kolman Boye Architects
Douglas fir supplies surfaces inside the home

Fairly than making use of the wooden randomly, as you may with shingles, they settled on a single-layer stacking that creates linear bands of varied totally different heights.

“We tried stacking in several methods to assist us perceive how a lot materials we would want, how it could look, and the way a lot work could be concerned to chop it to measurement and deal with it,” mentioned Kolman.

Kitchen in Saltviga House by Kolman Boye Architects
The kitchen cupboard fronts are offcuts from Douglas fir flooring

Regardless of the assessments, the architects had been shocked by the number of color tones created within the accomplished constructing.

“Though in time they’ll flip gray, in the intervening time you have got all these incredible colors intermingling, which is incredible,” mentioned Kolman.

Corridor in house of offcuts by Kolman Boye Architects
The home is about throughout 5 ranges, to align with the topography

The home is shaped of two major blocks, with a connecting hall.

One block supplies a big kitchen and eating area, whereas the opposite comprises three bedrooms, a toilet, a loft and a casual lounge area.

“We have a tendency to interrupt our homes down into smaller volumes, so that they are extra nimble to organise within the panorama,” mentioned Boye.

Window seat in house of offcuts by Kolman Boye Architects
Giant home windows make the most of the ocean views

Wooden performs an vital function inside in addition to outdoors. Many of the inside is constructed from Douglas fir, together with a kitchen the place cupboard fronts are shaped of extra Dinesen materials offcuts.

In complete, roughly 12,000 offcuts had been used throughout the whole constructing.

Loft in house of offcuts by Kolman Boye Architects
A loft supplies extra dwelling area

The gabled roof profiles create dramatic angular ceilings within the dwelling areas, whereas expansive home windows are positioned to take full benefit of the ocean and panorama views.

Patio decks are dotted across the constructing, so residents can benefit from the solar at totally different occasions of day, whereas wood-burning stoves create cosy locations the place the household can collect when the temperature drops.

Facade of Saltviga House by Kolman Boye Architects
Patio decks are dotted across the constructing’s perimeter

The venture has lots in widespread with Vega Cottage, a Norwegian retreat designed by Kolman Boye to resemble weather-beaten conventional boathouses.

However whereas each buildings have fun wooden development, Saltviga Home provides a extra poignant reminder that every one supplies include an environmental value that ought to be thought-about.

Saltviga House by Kolman Boye Architects
The home is situated in Lillesand, on Norway’s south coast

“It is about utilizing all of the assets in a stupendous manner,” added Boye.

“There is a frugality to it, in being curious to make use of one thing we would not use often,” he continued.

“We must be conscious that supplies aren’t limitless assets, they’re scarce. So we have to make them work for a very long time and in a stupendous manner.”

Different latest Norwegian residential tasks embrace a timber vacation cabin by Rever & Drage and an “invisible villa” hidden underneath a inexperienced roof.

The images is by Johan Dehlin.

Challenge credit:

Architect: Kolman Boye Architects
Engineer: Limträteknik
Builder: Byggmester Modalen