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Remodelled retreat settles into the silent forest

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Danish architect Norm’s refurbishment makes a rustic but refined getaway for up to three families deep in Sweden’s wilderness

In the forest outside the village of Hallandsåsen on Sweden's south west coast a small, wooden cabin sits among the pines on top of a geological horst. Below is a landscape of low, undulating, rough heath leading down to the sandy beaches of the Laholmsbukten. Completely remodelled internally by Norm Architects, now this remote cabin feels more embedded in its sylvan context.

Designed for summer and winter use, it is rustic yet refined, equipped with all the requisites for simple living but also offering ‘curated essentialism’ for its users. A main house with two floors alongside a separate guest annex, the secluded property can accommodate up to three families, each with their own self-contained suite of rooms, in a form of discreet, hotel-style luxury.  As part of the refurbishment, the cabin has been opened up, with large doors and windows to connect to the secluded landscape outside.

  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
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Internally, doors leading from the main living room to the bedrooms and bathrooms are designed in a tall, slender wooden ‘cabinet-style’, to take up as little space as possible in smaller bedrooms but also serving to making ceilings appear lofty. The materials palette is kept as simple and natural as possible, with warm, smooth oak floors and fittings juxtaposed with the texture of dolomite plaster walls.

Large windows frame valley and forest views all around, allowing daylight to enter living, dining, and kitchen spaces all day, and bringing a sense of the wilderness to its controlled, sparse interiors.

Norm Architects with Jan-Carlos Kucharek

  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
  • Credit: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
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