Stokkøya Beach Hotel are beautiful, modern vacation rental beach houses situated at Hosnasand on one of the finest sandy beaches in Central Norway.
What is the story behind Fjellhytte, what was your inspiration to create it?
We have a house in Mallorca and on the same street, there was another couple from Norway. We got to know one another, became friends and decided to do a project together.
We both live in cities and usually spend our vacations in the Mediterranean. So we thought it would be nice to do something out in nature that could be used throughout the year. In Norway, there is a tradition of going skiing in the winter, then heading out in the summer for hiking and fishing.
We decided to look for a property in one of Scandinavia’s largest ski areas, Trysil, and found a place with lots of trees and a view of the fjell (mountain). Here we built a cabin not only for us to use but also to rent out to guests.
We wanted to create something very pure and easy using traditional materials and Scandinavian design is all about wood. It was important to us that it wasn’t negatively impactful on the environment and climate, as is the case with some log houses that require a lot of trees to build.
We had a few setbacks along the way. The project was pushed back by a year when we failed to get planning permission by the summertime, then the building company we were working with went bankrupt the following year. When we were ready to start again, Coronavirus hit.
But as a result of these delays, we had time to rethink the draft and get more information about cross-laminated timber, which allows you to use the whole tree and prefabricate all of the pieces. It is insulated using wood fibres and treated with a biological agent, which means you don’t have to do anything else for at least 50 years.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Fjellhytte?
It is a pure, minimalistic house that uses natural materials, with as much wood as possible and stone tiles. Usually, cross-laminated timbers are used solely for construction, then plastered or painted on the interior. But we wanted to retain the exposed wood on the walls, floors and roof, so we used an ecological product for added protection. Over time, the wood will show signs of use and different patinas will be created. It will get old with respect for the material.