Things have improved remarkably in Ãyer, Norway, since the 1300s. Back then, the Black Plague wiped out 75 percent of the population. But you know, Norwegians are a hardy breed. They hung in there, bounced back, and set borders for a township that haven’t changed in 2000 years. And now there area is rich with Nordic ski tracks going every which way, 14 lifts at the Hafjell Alpine Ski Center, and the former Olympic facilities just a dozen miles away in Lillehammer.

In other words, it’s a sweet spot for this minimalist cabin, which takes its design cues from the agricultural buildings that surround the area. Says the architect, Pushak:

Old farm buildings in the mountains of Norway have inspired the low, long and slim shape of the cabin. The site has an extensive view of the mountain ranges in the west. This white horizon is present in all parts of the interior, down to the bathtub. The client asked for a cabin with three bedrooms separated from the living area. Modern holiday homes are places where friends and family gather. There are therefore many places for socializing or withdrawal in the house. Two annex buildings will be completed at a later stage, creating a small yard and a sheltered and sunny terrace. The cladding of the outer walls and roof is made of horizontal local hard pine in large dimensions. The elongated gutters are also made of wood. Interior cladding and furniture are made of pine without knots. The interior wood are wax treated and not sealed to keep its natural performance. The fireplace, kitchen and foundation are in grey in situ concrete with wooden formwork.

This one, alas, is not rentable.

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Photos by Arne B. Langleite

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