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The Cabin Nordmarka is a study in contrasts: dark and heavy, even brooding, outside, but bright, airy, and warm on the inside. Many Norwegian cabins opt for black exterior and white interior, partly Scandinavian sensibilities, partly to echo the black forest and pure snow, but this goes for a much homier approach. A good thing, too – all that blond wood softens the hard edges of the highly geometric design.

Architect: JVA

Photos: Nils Petter Dale

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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.