you can now live in a cabin which snøhetta has specially designed for rindalshytter — norway’s leading producer of leisure homes. equally at home in pristine mountain landscapes, forests, or by water, the prefabricated ‘gapahuk’ functions as a comfortable and environmentally conscious second-home.


the angled roof surfaces can be used for energy production by placing solar panels
image © MIR

 

 

snøhetta realized ‘gapahuk’ as a socially-oriented cabin with priority given to its common areas. the name gapahuk derives from norwegian as a simple wooden structure, and this was interpreted by the architects throughout the cabin’s development. the spacious patios, and focus on the outdoors areas, encourage the inhabitants to socialize and spend time together. inside, three bedrooms, a bathroom, and storage spaces are kept moderate in size and allow the architectural footprint to be kept to a minimum.


gapahuk is a norwegian word for a simple wooden structure
image © MIR

 

 

the twisted and folded roof canopy not only gives the cabin a sculptural character, but also provides protection against all weather conditions. the angled surfaces can also be used for energy production by placing solar panels on them, making it possible to operate the cabin ‘off grid’.


the layout gives priority to the common areas
image © snøhetta

 

 

large openings — specifically in the common areas — frame the outside environment, allowing residents to soak up the natural surroundings. the oversized roof overhangs to form a sheltered patio near the entrance, which is entirely made from timber, the primary material of the whole project.  


launched in april 2017, the cabin is shaped with the aim of adapting to varying weather conditions
image © snøhetta

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