Kvitfjell, Norway

Project Size:3,875 sq. ft.

Program: The clients desired a warm and inviting vacation house with ski in-ski out access to neighboring slopes. The cabin, located on a steep site high in the mountains, needed to accommodate at least 12 people for large family holidays.

Solution: The architects divided the 3,875-square-foot steel-frame wood-clad house into seven levels to reflect the topography of the site. The exterior walls and roof are clad in larch wood, while the interior ceilings and walls are oak. A large living room separates the master bedroom on the west end from a cluster of guest rooms on the east, which can be closed off from rest of the house by large sliding doors.  A large terrace extends from the living and dining areas to take advantage of mountain views. The house was completed in 2011.


Location: Kvitfjell (Norwegian: “White mountain), Norway

Completion Date: 2011

Gross square footage: 3,875 square feet

Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL
Hausmannsgate 6
0186 Oslo
+47 22 99 43 43

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Partners : Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs

Partner in Charge: Alessandra Kosberg

Project architect: Claes Cho Heske Ekornås

Engineer(s): AS Fredriksen

Lighting: Lystoff AS

Photographer(s): Nils Petter Dahle

CAD system, project management, or other software used: Microstation CAD, Photoshop



Exterior cladding
Concrete base, steel frame, laminated wooden beams/pillars

Exterior cladding
Masonry: Chimney cladded with slate stone

Metal/glass curtain wall: All windows/terrace doors from Velfac

Wood: Larch wood impregnated with iron sulfate

Built-up roofing: Horizontal fixed larch boards on the roof.

Other: “hidden” water drainage behind the cornice

Wood frame: Oak

Glass: Double glazed

Entrances: Massive Oak

Metal doors: Between garage and living spaces

Wood doors: Massive Oak

Sliding doors: Laminated oak

Fire-control doors, security grilles: Steel door between garage and living spaces

Pulls: Randi

Security devices: Externally controlled heating and alarm system

Other special hardware: Fireplace hoods made of corten steel

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom made cabinets and ladders to galleries

Special surfacing: “Wooden panel cast” concrete

Floor and wall tile: Massive oak and slate stone

Resilient flooring: Brushed concrete floor in the garage

Special interior finishes unique to this project: “Light sculpture” as railings structure

Fixed seating: concrete cast base for seating in the living rooms, custom-made pillows, oak benches

Interior ambient lighting: Main lighting consists of spots with flexible shaders

Downlights: bathrooms, spa. LED integrated on the floor

Exterior: Integrated wall lightning from BEGA

Dimming System or other lighting controls: Jung

Energy management or building automation system: Heat pump, electricity, fireplaces.