Feste Landscape / Architecture completed the design and implementation of a small floating house on Lake Nisser in Telemark, Norway. The cabin’s total living area is 26 square meters (280 square feet) and is developed on stilts, due to local planning restrictions.

“Externally, the walls and roof of the cabin are clad in thermally treated pinewood, creating a precise and expressive design that merges with its surroundings,” the architects said. Gutters and downpipes are integrated into the external walls allowing for clean facades from all points of view.

“The micro cabin offers an alternative to the emerging trend in the Norwegian holiday home market of luxury cabins with sprawling footprints,” the architects explained. “We aim to maximize the user’s experience of the lake and the surrounding landscape.”

Thanks to wood and glass finishes, the cabin’s interior exudes warmth and light. A massive glazed entryway opens up the kitchen and living room space toward the covered terrace for an optimum indoor-outdoor connection. The small dwelling includes a mezzanine loft for sleeping, large enough to accommodate up to seven people.

Photography credits: David Fjågesund & Smarte Hytter AS