The Mylla Cabin Inspired By Hytte

When was the last time you considered a house move? SATORI & SCOUT are guessing that the answer is either 'never' or 'yesterday'. How about moving to a remote part of North Oslo (Norway)?

Located in such a beautiful part of Norway, this cabin-like home overlooks Mylla Lake and has distinctive features such as four pitched roofs to frame views and create protected external spaces. The tall roofscapes may be a bold gesture but entirely necessary given the amount of snow this home may receive in wintery months. Designed by Mork-Ulnes Architects, the homeowners are geologists and of course, such a part of the country is rife with their interests. An elevated home amongst a plethora of forests and tundra-like landscape forms, this cosy (heated) home includes a wonderful communal kitchen and living space with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a home sauna to service. Inspired by the Norweigian housetype 'Hytte' - a small shelter of compact rooms - this Mylla cabin is all about the simple life yet not without modern appliances and generous living space.

Arranged like a pinwheel about the kitchen living space, in having such a form, patio spaces are easily created and wonderfully sheltered; in doing so, the sun and views at different times of day can all be experienced. The resulting layout allows each bedroom a certain amount of privacy. As Casper Mork-Ulnes of Mork-Ulnes explains, "...the pinwheel plan and sloping roof form is derived from the climate, the desire to separate the bedrooms for privacy and to offer contrasting views from each room. In that sense, the building is a very straightforward response to its context, while at the same time generating a unique experience." A home of one continual material (pine plywood), each space flows into one another and whilst different rooms service different functions, this home's continuation certainly makes for a cosy welcoming. A space-saving compact home solution, is this up with the best of Nordic home retreats? Discover more about the architect's project at:

Photography credit : Bruce Damonte

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