written by:
April 12, 2016
Originally published in Bring the Outside In
as
Slice of Life
In coastal Norway, a guesthouse serves as a sculptural refuge.
modern guesthouse in norway with angular facade and cutaway patio with spruce cladding and ikea chair

The small, angular guesthouse that architect Todd Saunders designed for Steinar Jørgensen is defined by a patio that appears to sit in a cutaway in the spruce-clad volume. The red PS VÅGÖ chair is from Ikea.

Courtesy of 
Bent René Synnevåg
1 / 3
modern guesthouse in norway with angular facade and interior with Thomas Bentzen table, Hay cushions, and Muuto pendant lamps

Jørgensen turned to Jane Dunkley, who runs the shop In Design in nearby Haugesund, for help with furnishings. The DLM table by Thomas Bentzen and the Dot cushions are from Hay. The E27 pendant lamps are by Mattias Ståhlbom for Muuto

Courtesy of 
Bent René Synnevåg
2 / 3
modern guesthouse in norway with angular facade and cutaway patio with spruce cladding and ikea chair

Outside, Saunders carefully preserved a pair of mature plum trees by building the patio around them.

Courtesy of 
Bent René Synnevåg
3 / 3
modern guesthouse in norway with angular facade and cutaway patio with spruce cladding and ikea chair

The small, angular guesthouse that architect Todd Saunders designed for Steinar Jørgensen is defined by a patio that appears to sit in a cutaway in the spruce-clad volume. The red PS VÅGÖ chair is from Ikea.

Project 
Slice
Architect 

Steinar Jørgensen had been living comfortably in a house on a two-acre lot in Slåttevik, Norway, but he was missing an outdoor space where he could enjoy his property on sunny, temperate days. And then there was the matter of his four children, who range in age from three to 22. It would be nice, he thought, if the older ones could have a space of their own when they were visiting.

Jørgensen had been impressed with a series of tiny artist’s studios that Todd Saunders, a Bergen-based architect, had designed on Fogo Island, off the northeastern coast of Newfoundland, and approached him with a request to design something on a similar scale. His only aesthetic requirement was that the structure be “something sculptural” that would stand out and make a statement.

“We just sat down and agreed that it should have a double bed and a little place to put food, and a toilet,” Saunders says. Adding a patio was the next logical step. When considering how to integrate the two parts, Saunders designed a wedge-shaped structure with the patio occupying a section at the shallow end that appears to have had a chunk carved out of it—a notion that Saunders reinforced by applying contrasting shades of oil-based stains to the exterior.

The white-stained spruce cladding carries over into the interior of the 162-square-foot building, where it mingles with the white-painted pine floors and the oak countertop on the custom cabinets to create a welcoming and comfortably bright refuge. “It’s pretty much straight-off-the-shelf type of detailing,” Saunders says. “Everything in that building you could buy at your local hardware store. We didn’t want to make it complicated.”

Less than a year elapsed between Jørgensen’s first meeting with Saunders and the completion of the building in the fall of 2014. “It’s almost like a little exclamation point in the neighborhood, like a little piece of sculpture,” Saunders says. “It fits in a nice, strange kind of way.” 

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

45 dva 2270 persp1 cmyk 0
The prospect of retirement doesn’t just signal the end of a career; it offers the chance to recalibrate and re-prioritize in life.
July 25, 2016
18
You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
angular
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016