Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter, or in other name AHAA is a Norwegian architectural practice with offices in Røros and Oslo. The studio has an extensive experience in many various projects and they show a particular interest in the topic of modern architecture coexisting with historic and traditional buildings.
Presented project, consciously titled Cabin at Femunden, is located in Norway, right on the edge of the breathtaking land of Femundsmarka National Park, just half an hour drive from the World Heritage Site mining town Røros. On the spectacular nordic land, two log cabins were located previously, which are now seamlessly connected together with the newer addition by the combination of regular corrugated steel and translucent corrugated roofing panels. The whole building lies on a cantilever deck construction, which lends it an impression of a floating house. Furthermore, the free space under the construction gives place to the prolific vegetation to bloom, contributing to the sensation of lightness even more. Team of AHAA didn’t want to push off of the traditional solutions followed during the construction of the small cabins in the past, that is why the same method and materials were used during the implementation of the new volume, which are mostly timber of pine from local traders.
The two original log cabins are used as a guest room and a storage room while the new addition functions as the central space. In the main wing of the house, the living area is located with a cozy fireplace to gather around. Moving on, stretching southward the bedroom is placed and in the wing towards the west, one finds a consecutive placement of rooms, more precisely the bathroom, sauna, toilet and a technical room. “The translucent roofing panels are placed between the indoor volumes, to give downlight to the covered outdoor areas. They are used in correlation to the doors and windows as well, minimizing loss of indoor lighting due to shadows cast by the overhanging leaves,” explained the architects about the placement of the translucent roofing panels. The interior design of the house is kept low cost and simple, protruding log joints are used for connecting the built in furniture.
“An architectural aim in the project, was making the rough, traditional construction work with and create a dialogue with the precision of the corrugated iron, and the aluminum doors and windows, surrounded by precise edges and no moldings. Trying to achieve a juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern, the coarse and the fine,” the architects added.