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The Split View Mountain Lodge, in Norway, is pretty much the antithesis of the stereotypical mountain lodge. Large, sweeping spaces and oversized timbers are replaced with intimate – even small – rooms and blonde, standard-issue lumber. The only similarities between this private mountain home and our image of the quintessential mountain lodge are the enormous, peaked windows aimed smack at the mountains in the distance.

While the continuity of the wood (knotty pine exterior, birch and pine interior) and the clean lines are quintessentially Norwegian, this design is not just another Scandinavian ode to minimalism. The home was designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects (Arkitekter), who were awarded the highest Norwegian honor for design and architecture – the Jacob Award. Every square inch is intentional for the play of light, the livability and the feeling it evokes.

In order to accommodate for the gentle slope of the land underneath, the home is composed of three, rectangular structures starfishing away from the largest structure that ground the home – both literally and figuratively. The result is nothing you’d expect, but everything you’d want in a mountain retreat: a series of cozy enclaves to return to after a day of skiing the Norwegian peaks.

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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