Moss on the roof

Materials World magazine
1 May 2018

A holiday home in Norway clad in different materials combines functionality with the comfort of an evening in front of the fire. 

Ines Nastali reports. Rather than having to peek through the windows, the Troll’s Peak cabin in Norway tells onlookers of each room’s specific function through the use of different roof materials and cladding. 

Designed by local architects Rever & Drage, the mountain cabin was built to withstand harsh weather conditions for a family that enjoys hiking in summer and skiing in winter, which means there is a lot of equipment and tools stored in the house. 

The assembly line

After a day of activity, the room with the polycarbonate façade, which has an exposed timber construction, and slats on the roof, provides space for the gear. The following area, dark green coloured part features a bathroom and bedroom, as well as a laundry, so the hikers can freshen up before entering the lounge, which has a view over the mountains and a comforting fireplace, through the kitchen. At the end of the building, a green moss covered study awaits for late night reading sessions.

The cabin was built with local wood and traditional joinery techniques. ‘Furthest north, the notching technique is late medieval, with large, narrowing logs,’ stated the architects, adding, ‘the living room is built with elegant 19th century notched logs, while the kitchen has slim, more modern, square logs with dovetail notches’