This rustic Norwegian cabin looks like four different buildings all joined together

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This rustic cottage in Norway looks like a patchwork of different buildings, all mashed together to create a cohesive home. The building, designed by Oslo-based studio Rever & Drage Architects , comprises a sequence of distinct spaces, each one addressing a different daily need of the owners. The cabin has a transparent garage that acts as an entry point and storage area where the family can leave their gear for various outdoor activities. This space leads to a laundry area, bathroom, and kitchen and into the main lounge that offers views of the surrounding landscape. Related: Coastal cabin in Norway is a perfect indoor retreat for outdoor lovers Each of the spaces uses different cladding materials and construction techniques, with the imperative of being able to withstand the harsh weather as an overarching design principle. The cabin, in a way, can be seen as a single building or four separate structures. “The outside composition is that of a traditional row farm, where buildings with different functions and different construction techniques are arranged in a line corresponding with the dominant direction of wind,” explained the architects. Related: Fantastic Norway’s Mountain Hill Cabin is Part Ski Slope, Part Winter Retreat While the north part was built using a late-medieval building technique with large, narrowing logs, the living room features more elegant 19th century notched logs, all stained in a dark tar finish. The kitchen has a contemporary feel, with a green roof. The garage, at the southern end of the building, features an exposed timber frame and polycarbonate sheets to let in tons of light all year long. + Rever & Drage Architects Via Dezeen Photos by Tom Auger

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Controversial artist seeks to build a UFO-like house near Edvard Munchs studio

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For the last years of his life, world-renowned artist Edvard Munch lived in a remote cabin in a forest outside of Oslo, where the solitude helped him produce hundreds of paintings and drawings. Since his death in 1944, the area was converted into an active artist colony and his estate, Ekely, has become a pilgrimage site for artists from around the world. However one particular artist is sparking controversy with plans to build an outlandish modern building – dubbed “A House to Die In” – on a nearby hill with the help of prolific architecture firm Snohetta . Bjarne Melgaard is one of Norway’s most divisive artists, and his work is known for its sexual and drug-related themes. But his recent plan to build a home on what is considered a sacred site has caused waves of controversy in the art and architecture world. Many believe that the Munch site should be left as-is to conserve the artist’s legacy. Although the issue is being fervently debated throughout Norway, perhaps the strongest opposition comes from the 44 artists currently living in the colony. “This is the only place where Munch lived and worked for 30 years,” said Halvard Haugerud, a painter who has called the colony home for over twenty years. “We just want to keep what’s left of Munch.” Related: Snøhetta’s winning hotel design for Helsinki waterfront is inspired by broken sea ice Many artists and locals seem to be opposed to building anything on the site, but perhaps it is the actual design of “A House to Die In” that is sparking the biggest flames behind the debate. The bold asymmetrical form is raised off the ground, supported by several low-lying columns sculpted in the form of woodland creatures. According to the artist and Snohetta, the home would be clad in a burnt wood and the interior features movable walls and a room that would be both a dining area and a swimming pool. Additional proposed features include a “drug room” suspended from the house’s walls and ceiling to create a feeling of a drug-induced disorientation. According to The New York Times , some proposals have been rejected flat-out by preservation authorities – including a tiger-shaped underground studio and a 40-foot tower. Mr. Melgaard stands by his design and believes that the project would add a modern touch to the site, which has already been altered by the artist colony itself, “I believe this talk about the legacy of Munch is ridiculous.” In an interview with The New York Times , he says that the inspiration for the home comes from Scandinavian-influenced ideas around durability. “Nothing continues forever, so I was interested in the notion that you can have a house to die in, where you say, ‘It’s my end station,’ ” he said. The state of the project is currently up in the air, with Norway’s top authority for architectural preservation , the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, expected to make a decision within the next few weeks. If the project is approved by the Directorate, it will then be submitted to a local building authority and the City Council for final approval. + Snohetta + Bjarne Melgaard Via The New York Times Images via Snohetta and ICA, London

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