Two Oslo-based architectural firms, Koreo and Kolab Architects, with a background in both art and architecture, took the challenge to transform an old boathouse in Vikebygd, a small village on the Norwegian west coast.
The project is entitled Naust V, what in Norwegian means boathouse and is a typical landmark along the Norwegian coast. These kind of houses were originally built as a place for storage of boats and fishing equipment, but due to declining of the sea and fishing industry, many of them are being transformed into the places to rest and recharge. The team of Koreo and Kolab Architects decided to give a new life to one of them, applying their skills, that come from a deep well of experience and training.
The new Naust V, which beautifully blends into the environment, was covered by timber cladding, which was locally produced, as well as the rest of the main materials used in the project. Although, the spatial layout has been preserved, the architects extended backwards to include a stone terrace into a new winter garden, which was covered by angled wood cladding, making it both opaque and transparent. The interior design concentrates solely on simple but functional elements. It is organized as an open floor plan, introducing kitchen and a fireplace as a central gathering space.