Re-sculpting the interior of an existing apartment within the Scandinavian Alps, L20 House sees a textured and burnished warmth encase the home. Paulsen and Nilsen layer rich textural elements to create a cocooning embrace as the ideal escape.
As a leveraging of an existing and established positioning amongst the Norwegian mountains, L20 House nestles into its locale as the ultimate winter abode. Within Hemsedal, Norway, the apartment is reimagined with a deep palette to counterbalance the surrounding snow and cold climate.
The sense of immersion is enhanced through framed portals and dark metals and timbers throughout.
An elemental approach sees blocks of hand-crafted timber cantilever out from the wall.
Walking through each internal space feels deliberately curated, with transitions that create a sequence of compressed intimate moments, with more open and connected spaces as a relief. Floating stairs defy the timber they are comprised of, adding an unexpected element.
The emotive brief was formed from a close collaboration between the client and designer, where a smoky and evocative feel underpinned each design decision. The resulting palette reinforces the intended feeling of immersion by layering textiles, metal, glass, and timber, all within a similar darkened and moody lens.
A combined nod to the traditional ski chalet forms the basis for the new insertions, while a deepening of saturation and smouldering sensibilities further elevates how the spaces feel. With ski-in, ski-out access and panoramic views across the nearby undulating ranges, the series of residences embody a contemporary luxury ski experience, where L20 aims to elevate that further.
While the home’s openness and incredible positioning are a focus of the area, L20 offers gestures that compete with that, drawing the eye inward. Embracing the idea of the traditional mountain hut as a series of small and primitive spaces, similar philosophies are used to craft the resulting home. Paulsen and Nilsen bring materials and finishes together in a raw and roughly brushed state to create an evolved iteration of the familiar.
Handcrafted fixtures and joinery further heighten an engagement with the interior architectural elements.
Through contrasting elements, handblown glass pendants hang like sculptures within the bathing areas.