Mountain Lodge Kvitfjell 1

Location : Gudbrandsdalen, Norway
Building type : Cabin
Client : Withheld at the owners request
Size : 430m²
Schedule : Finished 2006
Consultants : AS Frederiksen
Primary architects : Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Harald B. Lode


The lodge is set on a mountain shelf overlooking a valley towards the south. The place is exposed towards strong winds and snowdrift. Embracing a huge boulder, the two houses are organized around an internal courtyard, a snow garden.
The outer sheltering stonewalls are cracked for individual focused views towards the exposed outside, while the walls towards the courtyard are extensively glazed, just protected by the covering roof.
The plan is organized as a series of individual spaces set along the internal walkway that surrounds the courtyard. While the level of the roof is fixed in the section, the floors step in relation to the falling terrain and thus organize hierarchy of spaces related to height.