The ultimate seaside retreat, this exceptional Summer House is located on Lyngholmen, an island in the archipelago in Aust Agder on the south coast of Norway. The site is situated on the threshold between the rocky landscape and the ocean. The site is sloping down towards to the south, and it has magnificent ocean views. The site is also naturally sheltered from wind by the existing vegetation and rocks yet it opens up to the evening sun.
The key feature of the house is the roof that bridges across the existing rocks. It does not only shelter the immediate outdoor space from wind but also articulates the view towards the ocean from the house. The roof structure mediates the threshold between inside and outside and unifying between the nature and the building. Articulating and redefining the immediate landscape was considered important in this project. A new path was created from the house to the beach and a new jetty placed carefully without minimum disruption to the landscape.
As the island is only accessible by boat, the main entrance to the house is placed on the south side to establish a gentle axis to the private beach. The concealed lights in the bollards lead down to the water in the evening welcoming those arriving from the sea. The existing vegetation was also carefully preserved and the volume of the building has been defined in harmony with the surroundings.
|Size||1,076 sq. ft. (99.96 m²)|
|Architect||Lund Hagem Architects|