Snøhetta for ‘starlodges’ in norway
norwegian architecture practice snohetta has unveiled the StarLodges floating wooden cabin that sits above Norway’s Lysefjord, below the calm sea and between craggy mountains. Snøhetta chose to work with wood and concrete as a reflection of the nature surrounding the construction site, which is said to be dominated by granite and slow-growing pine trees. The materials used by the design team were sourced from the actual site, the wood hotel architecture is positioned.
images courtesy of The Bolder
Trees that had to be felled during construction were set aside for reuse in other parts of the projects, and granite that was dug out of the ground was used to make the concrete for construction. The newly introduced StarLodges all face the fjord and mountains, giving guests a front row seat to nature and tranquility.
Guests are invited to relax while looming over the famous Lysefjord. There are three giant-sized log cabins that make up StarLodges that feature high ceilings and large picture windows for the perfect vantage point. Select brands and quality materials from Vipp and Eikund dot the space, including the separate kitchen, and guests are more than welcome to drift off to sleep and wake immediately immersed in nature.
Off-grid cabins designed with nature in mind
Tom Norland bought 170 hectares of virgin land with a clear view in 2010. Originally, he had intended to build a series of smaller hermit houses, but ended up hiding the plan and changing it to the nature reserve where the StarLodges were built.
With this brief, Norgeshus architect John Birger Grytdal envisioned a two-story cube clad in Canadian cedar while balanced on a steel pillar dug 3.5 meters into the ground. The first two lodges are known as Sky Lodges, while the recently opened ones are called StarLodges.
After ten years, Tom started the second phase of The Bolder project by hiring the Norwegian architecture firm snohetta to design four new one-bedroom cabins. On the border of the Lysefjorden, four StarLodges with the names Stylten, Myra, Stjerna and Eldhuset have been completely located. In all, six secluded cabins float atop Norway’s Lysefjord.
Bolder Sky Lodges and Star Lodges are compact, fully-equipped lodges that are as close to sleeping in the clouds as guests can get. A spirit of minimalist design with Vipp furniture and kitchen in natural and durable materials in earthy colors and organic textures welcome guests to an immersive experience to bring the peace of nature to the cabins.