The house sits in a south facing slope with views to the fiord and the city. The plot was part of the garden of the clients’ former house. The new volume is lower in front of the existing house and rises towards the road. It was important not to block the view from the existing house and by this impairing the value of the subsequent sale.
The old and new residence share road access and a new courtyard. The entrance hall on the 1st floor opens both to the kitchen and up to the top floor, creating contact between the main floors of the residence.
All three stories have corner windows facing the view to the south and east. The house has a more closed character towards the existing house and the courtyard to the north. Here, a diagonal in plan leads to the entrance. Another diagonal to the south forms a balcony that opens to the angel of the morning sun. The southern facade is also angled so that it follows the site boundary, in order to push the building out of the view of the existing one. The garden has retaining walls and stairs in concrete forming plateaus for plantings and paths. The floor slabs and load bearing walls are in situ concrete. All the exterior are different forms of mineral material; brick, concrete, slate and granite. The similar shades of gray are used deliberately to give the house a homogeneous and solid expression, while the small variation in structure, pattern and surface creates a slightly puzzling effect.