Located 3,500 feet above the sea level and situated somewhere between Oslo and Bergen stands Ustaoset Cabin. This is truly a remote location since there are no roads leading to it and all the materials had to be transported by a helicopter.
But the construction difficulties didn’t stop there. This altitude is surrounded with slow-growing vegetation so the work had to be manually done in order to preserve it. During the summer months, the architects finished the outside of the cabin while the interior was finished during the winter when the materials were brought by a snow scooter.
Speaking of its construction, the cabin features pine cladding and 3-layer, insulating and solar protected glass panels that offer panoramic views of the Hardangervidda mountain, lake, and glacier surrounding it.
The main bedroom faces the mountain and has a huge glass window that creates the experience of being outside. Besides the communal area, the cabin also houses two rooms and bunk lofts, enough to accommodate 13 people. Similar to the wooden exterior is the interior of the cabin- equipped with pine walls, ceilings, and floors. According to the architects:
An existing cabin of 29 m2 now functions as an annex, and together with the new cabin creates a sheltered outside space. The main entrance is placed toward the dominant wind-direction, to keep it clear of snow which will accumulate on opposite side of the building, so the windows here are placed rather high up on the wall.
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