Somewhere hiding on a hillside northwest of Oslo, there's a magical little lodge. Well, at 1,400 square feet, this house designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter is actually a pretty decent-sized lodge. And, boy, is it pretty.

With four bedrooms already and plans in place for a fifth, this split view mountain lodge is perfect for a family who wants bright but cozy common spaces and plenty of privacy at the same time.


The master bedroom and common area both open up into a gable-shaped wall of windows that look out onto the ski slopes.

The open-plan kitchen keeps things communal with a glass fiber reinforced concrete countertop that flows seamlessly into a two-sided fireplace.

There's even a lofted space in the adjacent living and dining room that doubles as an extra space for guests to sleep.

The architecture follows a Norwegian tradition of adapting to and blending into the landscape which gives the lodge a natural flow.


The exterior is coated with a continuous skin of light-colored timber that will turn grey over time, while the interior features a smoother coating knot-free timber that leaves the whole place feeling bright and energetic.

It's hard not to believe that this would be a cheerful place to spend a ski vacation—or a summer hiking holiday.

But alas, this lodge is not your lodge. It was built for a private family who should give themselves a pat on the back for picking the right architects. Meanwhile, however, you should feel free to steal ideas for your own Norwegian mountain home getaway. Or just fantasize. That's what I do. [ArchDaily]

Images via Søren Harder Nielsen / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter