Schjelderup Trondahl Architects AS completed last year in the tranquil city of Holmestrand, Norway the detached House Off/ Ramberg project, a single family house with a neat rustic appearance. The dwelling is located on the edge of a cliff and it overlooks the city and the fjords. It’s the perfect place to enjoy all the benefits of a relaxed lifestyle, detached from the urban jungle. After extensively analysing the landscape characteristics, from vegetation and the strict municipal regulation, the house presents itself as a sustainably built construction, a wooden box cantilevered over a solid concrete base.

“The walls, external ceilings and roofs are covered with burnt and brushed heartwood fir to make them maintenancefree for generations – a Norwegian style of the Japanese method Shou-Sugi-Ban. With time the soft parts of the surface will stay burnt and the harder winter grain will have become silvery gray resulting in a rough but refined expression.” With a stunning 180-degree view of the sea, the house seamlessly integrates into the landscape. Window frames and doors are all made of massive oak while the walls and ceilings are clad with white oiled poplar plywood boards. Neat, modern and cozy, the interior provides the perfect meditative setting to soothe your soul while energising your life.