wrap house concept by ctrl+n maximizes natural light and scenic views
wrap house concept by ctrl+n maximizes natural light and scenic views wrap house concept by ctrl+n maximizes natural light and scenic views
jan 29, 2015

wrap house concept by ctrl+n maximizes natural light and scenic views

wrap house concept by ctrl+n maximizes natural light and scenic views
all images courtesy of ctrl+n




the ‘wrap house’ is a project by ctrl+n that streamlines the formal strategy of the design process and maximizes benefits. to do so, the approach utilizes two main elements: a wrap and a box. the former, constructed from timber, vertically navigates from side to side in a zig-zagging manner. this partially forms the floor plates, walls, and what will eventually become a gable roof. meanwhile, the latter of zinc is utilized for the interstices for the remaining components. the norwegian studio says, ‘by using a simple concept and form, we have greater control and concentration on what we believe makes a house a home (there is a difference between the two.) here we have more focus on scenery and are able to maximize natural lighting conditions.’


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interior view expressing the orientation towards views and light




in comparison to other schemes, the system gives a clearer definition between spaces both internally and externally. it is easily adaptable to both client demands and to site constraints and attributes with all the necessary programs. this can be seen in the prototype that has been imagined in gjovik, norway: ‘our first application of this concept is on an exposed and hilly site with fantastic views downwards and towards a vast lake. we have shifted and orientated the volumes to both protect the home from the (sometimes) harsh weather conditions, maximize privacy between the homes and at the same time utilize the views and light.’

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mood board illustrating some of the intended materiality of the project

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site photograph looking towards the expansive lake in gjovik, norway

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conceptual diagram illustrating the elements of the wrap house

ctrln wrap house concept norway designboom
3D printed site model of the first four houses giving a true feel for the site conditions



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Wow.. love the concept and the visuals. This is about the 10th time in the last year that I was wishing I needed a new house.


    jimCan says:
  • Hi jimCan Thank you for the kind comment. The design was from CTRL+N and the visuals were made by a company called TEGMARK.

    Johnathon says:

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