Location: Nesodden, Oslo, Norway
Client: Family Berg Korsmo
Material: concrete & wood
Completion date: 2011
Built area: 200m2
Architects: Huusog Heim Arkitektur AS
Text provided by the architects:
Villa Korsmo is a single-family house designed for a couple at Nesodden just outside Oslo. It’s situated on a beautiful plot, characterized by natural vegetation, pine trees, and rugged terrain. The main idea for the project was to make a house that could connect the two sides of the plot, which is divided by a natural height in the terrain.
The plot itself is narrow in one direction but long and hilly in the east-west direction. The building adapts to this, with its curved plan following the contour lines of the terrain around a hilltop.
Both gable walls have semi-outdoor spaces facing south-east and south-west. Here, most of the sunlight let into the building through glazing facades. First through a double-height space, further into double stories living spaces. To the west, the house is cantilevering creating a covered entrance to the parking area on the ground floor. To the east where the living room and the kitchen are situated the sun conditions are better and you have a better view to the surrounding landscape.
The house has a roof pitch of sixty degrees bringing the volume of the building down and the cornice low. At the same time, it creates an almost complete second floor containing a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and storage possibilities. The facades and roofs are coated with the same natural impregnated pine boards making the surface dark, contrasting the light interior of the house.