norwegian architecture practice helen & hard completes its ‘summerhouse reilstad’ atop the island of finnøy. the site is characterized by its typical fjord landscape, outcroppings of exposed bedrock, and a sloping topography descending to the sea. the house negotiates this topography through an organization of terraced levels, each stepping downward toward the private shore. these four levels generate an interior continuation of the landscape, and an organic adaptation of the unique context.
all images by sindre ellingsen
helen & hard design the summerhouse reilstad with a folded, floating green roof which spans the whole structure through the use of exposed wooden ridge beams. upon entering at the uppermost level, the visitor enjoys a sweeping view over the length of the house together with the landscape leading down to the shoreline. the large, sculptural roof encloses a generous common space surrounded by views in each direction. private rooms are formalized as independent, partial-height volumes which interrupt this shared zone, generating platforms, furniture elements, and smaller, more intimate zones.
each surface of the timber structure expresses its own depth, texture, and rhythm which serves to enhance that of its natural surroundings. such textural interiors are comprised of ash-wood flooring with its marked grain, the sculptural stair, the integrated, ambient lit furniture, shelving, and niches, and the rhythmic timber strips between the exposed ridge beams along the folded ceiling. the design team strived to choose a visually and environmentally sensitive approach with respect for the landscape — making use of only natural materials and adapting the form to the steep sloping site.
project title: summerhouse reilstad — house in landscape
architecture: helen & hard
design team: siv helene stangeland, reinhard kropf, peter feltendal, håkon minnesjord solheim and dag strass
location: reilstad, norway
program: summer house
status: completed 2018
area: 350 square meters
photography: sindre ellingsen
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