An hour drive north of Oslo, surrounded by Norwegian woodland and beside the magnificent Mjøsa lake, the Gjøvik house by Danish practice Norm Architects echoes the harsh yet peaceful nature of its surroundings.
Protruding from the hillside in an abstract fashion, the Gjøvik house is comprised of six interconnected blocks that offer an inviting escape from the outdoors. The ‘Cluster House’ structure has been implemented to create an abundance of cozy corners in which to shelter from the Norwegian winter. Norm Architects’ projects are defined by balance, they explain; “…our projects explore ideas that not only look good but that also feel good.” As such, the pairing of minimalism and softness through material choices of concrete and wood offer feelings of comfort and warmth. Each block of the ‘Cluster’ holds subtle differences, from level and height to material use — with polished flooring in the living area switching to matte flooring when entering the dining room. These differences loosely symbolize the defining functions of each interconnected block. The cluster layout is a take on open-plan living, suggesting the sensation of being together even when in different parts of the home. As time passes, the exterior cladding will turn silver, and the home will blend into its natural surroundings.
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