Location: Oslo, Norway
Architect: Various Architects
Material: Facade Cladding & Wood
Completion date: 2016
Site area: 1000m2
Design Team: Isabell Adamofski, Ibrahim Elhayawan, Alexander H. Berg, Birgitte J. Haug, Laura Martinez
Photography: Ibrahim Elhayawan (exterior photos), Roger Sandvær (interior photos)
Landscape Design: Simons Hagedesign og Østlandsentreprenøren
Lighting: Concept Design AS
Electrical: AA elektro / Micromatic
Brands / Products: Wood - Svenneby bruk, White facade cladding - Swiss Pearl, Windows - Strømmen AS (Schucko), Entrance door - Trevaren eydehavn , Handrails - Gnist AS, Kitchen - Kvenüm Studio AS, Bathrooms - Bella studio AS, Pipes- Oslo Akershus Rørleggerbedrift, Fireplace - Romerike peis og varme AS, Parquet floor - Skattekammeret AS
Text provided by the architects:
Villa Faun is an apartment complex, located in the Northwest hillside of Oslo, Norway, with a great view over the city and to the Oslo Fjord. The neighborhood is characterized by various types of Norwegian houses built during the last 100 years.
The main intention for Villa Faun was to bring together a unifying identity to the project while creating individual and private units. The building is placed on the site and oriented with an angle to frame views and natural daylight for indoor and outdoor spaces.
Villa Faun has a basic pitched-roof house shape that is developed according to the functions and surroundings. The roof, together with Northern and Southern facades create a massive wooden envelope. The other two facades contrast with the envelope in form, material, and color. These facades are characterized by playful extrusions and intrusions that give an individual identity to each unit.
This playfulness breaks down the scale of the facades and creates a dynamic form, while the clear wooden envelope balances the overall expression. Therefore Villa Faun appears both calm and playful. The architecture has a unique character and at the same time, it fits with the surrounding context in harmony with traditional neighboring villas.
Due to the sloping terrain, the volumes are designed with split-levels, so that both apartments on the ground floor could get straight into the garden. The split level also allows extra height for the upper apartments which provide generous spaces. The pitched-roof has an asymmetrical shape that works well the split level design and allows for additional height. Hence the possibility to create an extra mezzanine floor within building height regulations. The car parking is located in an underground garage, to maximize green areas and create more enjoyable outdoor spaces.
The massive wooden envelope is visible in the interior and is integrated with various functions, including fireplaces, kitchen units, and ventilation in addition to built-in benches and deep window frames.