The contemporary Northface House by Element Arkitekter



The Northface House is a contemporary residence located in Stavanger, Norway. It’s a very interesting house that was restored in 2010 by Oslo-based studio Element Arkitekter. The design of the building is interesting and beautiful but the most eye-catching part is the location of the property. Originally, the house was built in 1969. It used to be a twin building along with the neighboring property. However, in 2008 it was restored.

The owners wanted to make it more functional and suitable to modern lifestyle. The internal structure was no longer what modern living is about and the size of the rooms has to be changed. The architects and the client agreed on a plan that involved the rehabilitation of only the bottom two stories. The top story was replaced with a lighter structure. It was a drastic change that didn’t really preserved much of the original building. The transformation was major and impressive.

The top volume has a large sun deck to the south. It’s a compact volume, 3 meters cantilevered over the rest of the building. It’s also pulled away from the road and it sits there like a giant eye overlooking the entire valley, the fjord and all the other houses. The panoramic views are very beautiful and they were one of the main reasons that determined the drastic renovation and restructuring of the house.


Published by in Architecture, on July 27th, 2012

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