Wood and Glass Boxes Define Contemporary Retreat in Norway

Architecture Studio Snorre Stinessen completed the design of Malangen Retreat, a cluster of accommodation units located in Tromsø, Norway. The cabins are located on a ridge rising from the fjord below and neighbor a lush forest. The clients wanted to enjoy a high level of privacy, while also being able to receive guests during the weekend. The main residence and the annex are each composed of two boxes. The main part accommodates the entrance, children’s room and a small secondary living room in the first box, while the bathroom and master bedroom were placed in the second unit. The “annex” hosts guest rooms, utility rooms and a relaxation area with a sauna directly exposed to the view outside. “We planned the main entrance, the living room and an annex separated by the central courtyard,” the architects said. “From here the retreat opens up to the natural clearing in the
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Minimalist Guesthouse in Vinalhaven Hovers Above Former Quarry

architecture contemprary retreat Good things come in threes, right? It certainly seems to be the case on the charming island of Vinalhaven. Though it sounds straight out of a fairytale, it’s actually an island off the coast of Maine in Penobscot Bay, USA. These charming minimalist guesthouses are named Little House on the Ferry, and the retreat was designed by GO Logic with much appreciation and consideration of the surrounding landscape. “The small cabins hover on piers above a former quarry, an approach that has minimized the impact of the building construction on the delicate recovering vegetation in the area,” the architects explained. “The units are comprised of a living and dining cabin and two separate sleeping cabins, each with a bedroom and bathroom.” This small cluster creates a series of intimate and private spaces with strong visual connections to the outdoors.
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