The Summer house designed by JVA Architects is located on the coast of Vestfold in the southern part of Norway. The house and terraces are partly built upon existing stone walls, the parts of the walls which are new are made of stones from the blasting at the site.
This is a beautifully considered site response; allowing a striking modern building to be built into a treasured site, rather than imposing itself onto it. The low elongated volume is cut into to allow for wind shielded outdoor areas, embraced by the house itself. These cuts also bring down the scale of the building, and together with the local variations of the section, make the building relate to the surrounding cliff formations. On the outer perimeter of terraces and pool, a glass fence also protects against wind, but allows for maximum view. The house is clad with Kebony wood, a sustainable process of treating the wood to allow for good durability towards the exposure to salt water. Photography by Nils Petter Dale