This detached house was built for a young couple in Sunndal who wanted to build a small home they could afford with limited funds. At the same time, they envisioned that their family would grow and they therefore wanted the building to be easily expandable, depending on how life developed. The man wanted a romantic and cosy building while his wife, who is a deer hunter, wanted a building that was practical with room for guns and other hunting equipment. Both saw the need to think simple, especially due to economic concerns, but at the same time they wanted to think about the future so there would be no big leaps for making changes as their family changed.
▼住宅外观，exterior view of the house ©Tom Auger
The insulated part of the building has two floors, both with an area of 50 square meters. The uninsulated utility space (the outdoor space under the roof) has about twice that area. The former part responds to the need the couple has for living space today, and this area will probably be able to accommodate a family increase of one or two children. The latter part is the part that has potential for expansion. In the meantime, the veranda functions as a storage room, garage, workshop, banquet hall and not least, as space for butchering deer. The windows in the insulated section are organized in a traditional way, albeit with a somewhat larger format than usual in such buildings, while the hall/veranda has a more industrial and temporary design.
▼住宅外观，住宅由两部分组成：设有保温隔热层的室内体量和不设保温隔热层的半室外体量，exterior view of the house that consists of the insulated part and the uninsulated utility space (the outdoor space under the roof) ©Tom Auger
The simple economic concept is that the owners have now built the part that they could afford, while the rest has untapped potential for what life might bring. By completely extending the roof at the beginning of the project, they significantly reduce the work for adding space when needed, and they have the area under the roof as a resource in the meantime. The floorplan of the insulated part is organized around a warm core on both floors. On the ground floor the entrance, kitchen and living room encircle the laundry room, while on the second floor the storage space, bedroom, second living room and TV room are arranged around the bathroom. The front door is facing the courtyard while the back entrance is from the hall/veranda via the laundry room.
▼住宅外观，室内体量和半室外空间在立面色彩和纹理上形成了鲜明的对比，exterior view of the house, the insulated part and the uninsulated utility space contrast with each other on the facade colors and textures ©Tom Auger
▼从半室外空间一侧看住宅外观，半室外活动空间的墙板上设有三角形的开口，viewing the house from the uninsulated utility space, creating triangular openings on the wall panels enclosing the space ©Tom Auger
The roof over the utility space is help up by tilted glulam columns. These are built into the wall panels, but help define the openings towards the views of the landscape. Under this roof you get an indoor/outdoor feeling – the space is both open and closed at the same time. Due to its expressive form, you also get dramatic framing of views in different directions. The utility space has a scale somewhere between housing and industrial, and the experience alternates between large and small.
▼半室外空间，三角形开口可以作为取景器，形成各种不同的框景，the uninsulated utility space with triangular openings that can form dramatic framing of views in different directions ©Tom Auger
▼半室外空间，the uninsulated utility space ©Tom Auger
▼半室外空间内部，三角形开口不仅满足景观视野的需求，更给人一种既开放又封闭、既置身于室外又置身于室内的感受和体验，interior space of the uninsulated utility space, triangular openings create an indoor/outdoor feeling – the space is both open and closed at the same time ©Tom Auger
▼内置于墙板之中的倾斜胶合木材柱支撑着屋顶，the roof over the utility space is help up by tilted glulam columns that are built into the wall panels ©Tom Auger
▼从住宅室内看周边景色，viewing the surroundings from the insulated part of the house ©Tom Auger
▼透过室内体量的窗户看半室外空间及周边景色，viewing the uninsulated utility space and surrounding landscape through the window ©Tom Auger
Because of the simplistic design, the building appears a little abstract. The similarity between concept model and the finished building is striking. From the driveway, the building is dominated by the insulated part while the utility space disappears behind. Seen from the sides, the relationship between the two is fairly balanced – one is big and light while the other is small and heavy.
One of the most interesting things about this building is that in the future it may end up resembling a completely traditional local farm house, once all the potential area has been converted. As such, something that started as an unusual building will gradually develop to become more traditional. The only remaining traces will be the tilted glulam columns from the former hall/veranda. These will be built into the exterior walls and only appear in the window openings, in a way reminiscent of the transept chapel buttress of Gloucester Cathedral.
▼住宅夜景，室内体量的窗户以传统的形式设置，night view of the house, the windows in the insulated section are organized in a traditional way ©Tom Auger
▼住宅夜景，night view of the house ©Tom Auger
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan ©Rever & Drage Architects
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©Rever & Drage Architects
▼东北立面图，northeast elevation ©Rever & Drage Architects
▼西北立面图，northwest elevation ©Rever & Drage Architects
▼西南立面图，southwest elevation ©Rever & Drage Architects
▼东南立面图，southeast elevation ©Rever & Drage Architects
Project name: 1/3 House
Architects: Rever & Drage Architects
Design team: Tom Auger, Martin Beverfjord, Eirik Lilledrange
Built by: Brødrene Gjershaug AS
Location: Øksendal, Norway
Area: 100 sqm (insulated)
Photo: Tom Auger