Project: Vega Cottage
Architects: Kolman Boye Architects
Location: Vega, Norway
Area: 1,506 sf
Photographs by: Lindman Photography
Vega Cottage by Kolman Boye Architects
The Vega Cottage is an amazing escape from the bustling city life designed by Kolman Boye Architects. It is located in on a remote area in Vega, Norway where it finds itself surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes that are simply a sight to behold.
The layout of the Vega Cottage is very simple. Its 1,506 square feet are divided into two separate parts, so called levels, where the upper one is dedicated to the private rooms while the lower area is more of a social area with the outdoors for a focal point.
The house stands on the island of Vega in the Norwegian archipelago not far from the polar circle. The site is distinctive for its grand and harsh northern landscape with wide panoramas of the Norwegian Sea and the jagged mountains rising from it.
Seemingly growing from the landscape, the house sits on a rock beneath a granite shoulder negotiating the uneven terrain. As not to disturb the dominant view towards the sea, access to the house is given through a narrow natural ravine densely grown with gnarled birch shrubs and laid out with sea-sand from the nearby shore. The surrounding landscape remains untouched and wild.
The large windows of the house face three directions, each with its strong unique characteristic. They are simple and robust in detailing and the optically white glass conveys undisturbed frames of the ocean, the mountain range and the bedrock.
Organised on two levels adapting to the terrain, the plan is compact, providing generous social spaces within a limited floor area. The upper level is comprised of smaller scale bedrooms and family rooms, whereas the lower level is a large gallery-like space structured around a stone hearth.
Completed in linseed oil painted pine with untreated birch skirting, frames and reveals – the interior is kept subtle with a character of being hand-built – promoting tactile qualities and the attractive patina developed over time.