by Shraddha NairJul 17, 2020
Designed by Oslo-based architecture firm Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter, a cabin was designed in the rolling fells of Hardangervidda mountain plateau in Norway. Cabin Thunder Top, as the project is called, is built on the periphery of the barren treeless moorland of Hardangervidda National Park - about 1,000 meters above sea level, surrounded by weather-beaten dwarf birches and heathers.
Described by the architects as “a man-made peak”, the triangular cabin has an accessible roof that gives panoramic views of the scenic surroundings. The roof of the cabin has been designed to create an ideal place to build a ski jump during winter, in the spirit of Sondre Norheim, known as the father of modern skiing. The cabin is an extension of an existing Norewegian-style log cabin owned by the client’s family at the edge of the plateau region.
The cabin is attached to the earlier log cabin through a glass hallway containing a wardrobe and a utility sink, with direct access to the outside. Inspired by the traditional open-hearth cottages, Cabin Thunder Top has been designed as one big room, with double ceiling height.
The design of the accessible roof has 30 steps from the ground to the top of the structure that brings sweeping views of the lake in one direction, and the plains of Hardangervidda in the other. The cabin design’s orientation shields the outdoor seating areas from the northern wind and blowing snow. The triangular shape prevents the snow from piling up on the south facing terrace, allowing the place for traditional Easter family gatherings when the temperatures rise and to feel the warmth of the Norwegian sun after a long winter.
The entire space can be easily heated up with the help of a small wood stove. With multiple small nooks to hide away, the cabin functions as both a big family room and a place for some quietness with one’s favourite book. It also purposes as the family ateliér, workshop or weekend office.
The façade of the cabin is clad using a material that has been prevalent and long-standing in the region. The untreated ore-pine, commonly used in the medieval stave churches still standing after 900 years, covers the exterior of the Cabin Thunder Top. The window frames have been produced in untreated heartwood, and are practically maintenance free.
Cabin Thunder Top acts as a place to paint, write, read or simply enjoy the views and creates a playful atmosphere for the elders as well as kids to relish. Frequent visits by wild reindeer herds and grazing sheep add to the cheerful connect the cabin has with nature.
Name: Cabin Thunder Top
Location: Telemark, Norway
Architect: Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter
Area: 44 sqm
Contractor: Telemark Miljøbygg