todd saunders completes villa S, a timber-clad suburban residence in norway
photography by bent rené synnevåg

 

 

 

nestled in an abundant suburb of bergen, norway, todd saunders of saunders architecture have completed the project of designing his own family home. ‘villa S’ stretches on a large piece of grass-land where the exterior form is cladded in a stained, dark wood and structurally, comprised of three stacking elements: one vertical and two horizontal. the residence displays clear modernist, architectural elements, highlighted in the ribbon windows, flat roof and subtle detailing. having to cater to the colder climate of the northern hemisphere, the rooms are warmed by underfloor heating powered by geothermal energy. meanwhile, the outdoor porches and terraces have been cleverly integrated with the structure and adapted to provide rain cover, subsequently allowing the family to be intrinsically connected to the leafy surroundings. 

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the building acts as a canopy for the car but also integrates a playing area with swings for the children
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set back from the road and past a narrow driveway, the entrance is through the vertical volume which serves as the main circulation core through the home. internally, the linear arrangement of the interior spaces focuses within the horizontal stack where the kitchen, lounge, dining and utility is located and a library above. in contrast with its dark exterior, the rooms are light and illuminated by large windows. additionally, the architect collaborated with hannes wingate for the interior design resulting in the use of light and refined materials, mix of nordic and vintage furniture pieces. overall, villa S is an exercise of contemporary house design which addresses the lifestyle, climate, and connection between the natural and built environment- making for an ideal family space.

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the custom-built staircase has open treads which preserve the views along the length of the house 
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the bright living room space
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the kitchen with a generous utility area
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master bedroom
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en-suite bathroom with handmade ceramic tiles from san francisco adorn the walls
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villa s in bergen, norway
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