V-House was designed for a client who wanted something different than a conventional home. The clients were looking to develop a house that would affect their lives and create opportunity for a different lifestyle in a close contact between outside and inside.
The site is located on Nesøya in Asker in a terrain that slopes steeply down to a private beach in the north. The desire for a house with lots of light and proximity to the surrounding landscape was a challenge in relation to the extreme topography, and characterize the villa's radical design.
Built as two different landscapes with a connecting "gap" that serves as both entrance and lets the light flow into the building from the south.
Lower level is a concrete landscape that “sets the building” in the terrain with views of the fjord in the north. This level contains a parking space, access area, a large "living room", a soundproof "experimental space" (for music, meetings, film, computers, etc. ..) and a private section with bedroom wrapped in a massive sinus curved wood façade.
The upper 'landscape' is a steel structure which first covers a large open kitchen, and then fold down the middle and turns into the floor of the terrace, and finally rolling up and become the side wall of a library that opens into the garden.
This creates the framework for an unconventional, unique villa organized with overlapping spaces, or "action areas", through the use of the "free-section". The house is a stage for a modern life with freedom of choice, undefined boundaries, continuity between the exterior to the interior, light and darkness and a constant and intimate interaction with nature.
Construction and detailing is elegant, precise and carefully thought out, but never over explained. The roof consists of steel cassettes spanning through large flexible column-free main space and resting only on a few points of the plan. The villa's use of visible steel structures and visible painted steel in the roof and walls are distinctive and gives the building a rough but accurate touch.
Despite the luxurious villa's programming and use of space, the villa appears very well adapted to the site. The landscape approach reduces the villa almost to a "modest" intervention in a context where many villas for comparison can be seen as "flamboyant". The villa stands therefore as an example in its genre.
The building represents a significant innovation in architectural concepts in home design, and the villa provides a space of high architectural level that brings new perspectives into the architectural debate.
The project has previously been awarded both the Norwegian Steel Construction Price and the European Steel Design Award, both in 2005.