Norway, Sandnes

AHEAD OF THE CURVE

The view is expanded in a way that thinks outside the box, with as many living spaces as possible flowing into the garden. The large sliding and folding sliding doors meet the requirement for immediacy and closeness to nature. The first task was to adapt the space and surroundings in an organic way. The sun, ground, wind and climate were the starting point from which the sketches and then the building were created.

This building is located on a street in a suburb known for its villas and gardens. As it was not possible to have a proper view of the countryside, the aim was to build a house which appears closed off to the street but opens out onto its own garden. The focus was on the connection from inside to outside, and so the main rooms such as the kitchen and living rooms flow into the garden. The large sliding door system represents this material connection – it is easy to use and fits in with the aesthetic of the building. The building concept is based on complex simplicity: it is open but private. Playful but minimalist. Modern but with traditional materials.

How did this idea come about, an initial vision, this image which ultimately became reality? "We started with the sun, the ground, the wind, the climate and the surroundings, and formed a structure from this. This became a sketch. It is always exciting to find out how a drawing becomes a building." In Sandnes it was a timber house complemented with a few concrete elements, which formed the basis for making organic adjustments to fit the space and surroundings.

Further information

Project:
Villa Viggo

Location:
Sandnes, Norway

Architect:
Wilhelmsen Arkitektur, Stavanger, Norway

Completion:
2015

Fabricator:
Farstad Aluminium AS, Ålgård, Norway

Schüco systems:
ASS 70 FD
ASS 70.HI
ADS 70.HI
AWS 70.HI
FWS 50+ HI

We live very deliberately in this architectural sculpture. It defines everything we do and are in a harmonious way. Glass units are a means to an end: maximum connection between inside and outside, regardless of whether they are open or closed.

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