A Wood Screen Wraps an Island Retreat for Two Artists in Norway



A Kebony screen casts crisscrossing shadows inside, creating the experience of sitting under a leafy canopy.

The 753-square-foot retreat has two bedrooms and a bath, and takes advantage of its rocky site.

The brief for this retreat was fairly straightforward: two artists needed a house for contemplation and work on an island off the southern coast of Norway. Since the site is predominated by expanses of rock, Atelier Oslo decided to fit out the home’s interior with concrete to make it feel integrated with the surrounding landscape. A prefabricated wood structure forms the skeleton of the house, while an exterior screen made of Kebony brings an artful element to the facade that casts an intricate web of shadows inside, too.

The 753-square-foot retreat has two bedrooms and a bath, and takes advantage of its rocky site.

The 753-square-foot retreat has two bedrooms and a bath, and takes advantage of its rocky site.

Ivar Kvaal

"The entrance is a stair that goes through the building, taking you to the entrance on the front side," says the firm. "The entrance sequence marks a transition and prepares you for the life on the island."

“The entrance is a stair that goes through the building, taking you to the entrance on the front side,” says the firm. “The entrance sequence marks a transition and prepares you for the life on the island.”

Ivar Kvaal

An open living space greets you at the door. The exterior wood will gain a natural silver patina over time, melding with the concrete of the interior.

An open living space greets you at the door. The exterior wood will gain a natural silver patina over time, melding with the concrete of the interior.

Ivar Kvaal

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