Nestled within the Norwegian landscape, Saltviga House stands as a testament to the harmonious interplay of architecture and nature. Crafted by Kolman Boye Architects, this residence is a reflection of innovative design thinking and a commitment to sustainability.
Positioned within a specific landscape, Saltviga House gracefully navigates the rugged terrain it's perched upon. Crafted to harmonize with its natural surroundings, the dwelling comprises three distinct volumes that span across five different levels.The exterior façade, clad in oak, resonates with the rocks and trees, destined to evolve into a silvery-grey hue, blending seamlessly with the environment. Internally, Douglas cladding provides a gentle contrast, lending a touch of warmth to the interior spaces.
Dinesen materials, both as traditional floors and intriguing scraps, took center stage in the creation of this remarkable dwelling. What started as off-cuts from made-to-measure floors evolved into a bold idea – constructing an entire building using these reclaimed materials. The result is not just visually striking but also environmentally conscious, breathing new life into materials that might have otherwise gone up in smoke as firewood.
The architectural journey of Saltviga House began with meticulous research and experimentation. The architects delved into sorting and classifying these reclaimed pieces, considering size, quantity, and quality. Multiple 1:1 mock-ups were created to explore stacking, layering, and the technical and experiential aspects. The unconventional use of sawn timber planks presented challenges that required a delicate balance of traditional knowledge and process innovation.
The assembly of the timber elements was a collective effort, drawing upon the expertise of carpenters, joiners, and suppliers. Over 12,000 oak off-cuts were transformed at the carpentry stage, minimizing waste and prepping them for their new purpose. On-site, these oak pieces were meticulously assembled, each requiring precision and over 20,000 stainless steel screws for secure attachment.
Inside, the architectural decisions unfold in harmony with the landscape. Varying volumes and ceiling heights create distinct zones while maintaining a sense of unity. The central hallway offers panoramic views through the house, connecting different levels and inviting the outdoors inside.