A cabin retreat for a multigenerational family | Reiulf Ramstad Architects
A two-hour drive along the coast south from Oslo, Norway brings you to this family vacation compound. A couple and their two adult offspring with families of their own wanted a cabin retreat that they could all share and enjoy. Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed a grouping of small cabins for them.
The largest, with glazed gables for taking in the view, contains shared cooking and social spaces. Flanking it are two sleeping cabins, one connected directly to the main cabin and the other a few steps behind. Each of them has a compact bedroom, sleeping loft, bathroom and a minimal sitting area. A storage shed rounds out the cluster of small buildings. With this design, the individual families and their guests can gather together in the common social space yet still have their own private spaces. Altogether, the three cabins provide 70 m2 (753 ft2) of floor space.
The cabins have a traditional gable-roofed form and vertical wood siding, but with modern detailing. Steeper roof pitches were used on the sleeping cabins to give a bit more headroom in the lofts. Doors lead from the main cabin to patios on three sides, one of which is protected from winds by the surrounding cabins and a rocky bluff just behind the compound.
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