Knapphullet by Lund Hagem

Located in Sandefjord, Norway, this inspiring cottage was designed in 2014 by Lund Hagem.

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Description by Lund Hagem Arkitekter

napphullet is a small annex replacing two small sheds on the property. The new building has a distinctive roof free spanning. The roof folds down to the ground creating a ramp up to a viewing platform connecting to the upper cliff.

The project began as an idea for how to utilize a naturally sheltered area surrounded by large rocks and dense vegetation. The idea developed to create a way to climb up from this shelter to see the panoramic view over the sea, which led to the characteristic shape of the roof: a stepped ramp leads up from the terrain to the roof.

A sheltederd atrium is formed by the house and the cliffs where the interior concrete bench extends from the interior to the exterior tying it all together.

The annex contains a suspended bed, a small living space and a bathroom. The building occupies a small footprint, but the space expands vertically into three levels: the basement, the ground floor level and the roof.

The annex is accessed by a footpath that runs along the small meandering wooded area to the north of the site.
The slit on the roof pours light into the building, combined with a hammock.


Roof: 270mm thick concrete with 30 mm VIP insulation on the inside.
Courtyard and floors: White concrete


Acoustic ceiling is covered with woven oak strips to mask joints in the panels making a continuous surface.
Interior walls are natural sawn oak 50/50mm.

Photography by Lund Hagem

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- by Matt Watts