Saunders Structure builds cross-shaped Villa Austevoll on prime of Norwegian island

Norwegian studio Saunders Structure has created an island villa in an archipelago in Norway that’s cross-shaped in plan and acts as an observatory for viewing its environment.

Named Villa Austevoll, the venture is positioned on the island of Selbjørn, which kinds a part of an archipelago simply south of Bergen. The house accommodates three bedrooms and open-plan dwelling areas, every with its personal terrace that gives totally different views of land and sea.

Villa Austevoll was designed by Saunders Structure

It was commissioned by a pair who wished a house that would offer a cabin-like high quality with simplistic interiors that revered its coastal and hillside location.

To make sure the constructing didn’t closely impression the pure setting, Saunders Structure raised a lot of the residence above floor to guard the terrain.

Photo of Villa Austevoll
It’s positioned in Selbjørn, Norway

The 285-square-metre cabin is shaped from two volumes, the primary a triangular concrete quantity that recesses into the hillside and kinds a plinth for the principle physique of the house.

A linear staircase runs alongside the hillside and directs individuals to the decrease concrete quantity of the house, which accommodates an entrance corridor, utility areas and a spiral staircase that results in the adjoining, higher quantity.

Photo of the exterior of Villa Austevoll
The constructing is cross-shaped in plan

An oak spiral staircase funnels gentle into the darkish entrance corridor, which was clad in stained wooden, by a round skylight that was positioned straight above the staircase and punctuates the roof of the higher flooring of the house.

The whole lot of the spiral staircase and its surrounding partitions have been constructed from gentle oak and leads residents and guests straight from the decrease concrete quantity to the house’s higher quantity.

Photo of a staircase at Villa Austevoll
It accommodates three bedrooms and open-plan dwelling areas

The second quantity, and predominant physique of the house, was positioned on prime of the decrease concrete quantity and protrudes from the terrain on skinny metal pillars that present the construction with a floating high quality.

In plan, the higher degree of the house is formed like a cross and has floor-to-ceiling home windows at every finish of its 4 factors, offering Villa Austevoll with totally different vantage factors throughout the encircling panorama.

Not like the doorway corridor, the higher degree has a brilliant and ethereal look that’s achieved by gentle wooden flooring and expanses of white panelling that cowl the partitions and ceiling.

Shared dwelling areas occupy the north and south-facing axis of the house, and have an open-plan design that’s separated by the spiral staircase on the centre of the house.

Interior photo of Villa Austevoll
Every room spills out to a terrace with views throughout the environment

The dwelling space is positioned within the north wing of the house and leads out to a terrace that’s sheltered by an overhanging roof.

On account of Villa Austevoll’s coastal location, wind and climate patterns knowledgeable the design and type of the house. This led the studio to include angular partitions in addition to prolonged partitions that shelter terraces.

Photo of the interior
Villa Austevoll has a simplistic inside palette

The kitchen and eating space is about inside the southern wing. It features a one-wall kitchen alongside all the wall of the house that’s accompanied by an eight-seat eating desk on the centre of the wing.

Bedrooms, together with a main suite and two extra bedrooms, occupy the jap and western wings and likewise lead out to coated terraces.

Photo of a kitchen diner
The design was optimised to swimsuit wind and climate patterns

Saunders Structure was based by Canadian architect Todd Saunders in 1998 and is predicated out of Bergen, Norway.

The studio has accomplished quite a few tasks in Canada and Norway together with a “ribbon-like” home in Ontario and a wood-clad villa close to Bergen that overlooks Lake Nordås.

The pictures is by Ivar Kvaal.