The house is supposed to serve the changing needs of a dad who has two children living with him every other week, an affordable little house with room for one family and lettable studio.
Lie Øyen Architects solved the task with a puzzle of prefabricated concrete elements, designed as one shell with a flexible interior space, built on a small plot in Drøbak, outside Oslo.
Villa Tussefaret is a 120 square meter compact single family two storey house. It can be divided vertically into one main unit and one rental unit. Combined, these two units provide four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living rooms.
Each slab of concrete is a unique shape, and the individual pieces are assembled like a puzzle.
From the idea to build a low-budget housing, really just a shell with provisional compartments, which could eventually develop into a shell casing, the project has been more in the direction of a conventional house.
The idea, however, is the same: the most acreage for recreation, a floating room structure with zoning, and curtains that can be drawn between the rooms to achieve more privacy when more people are living together.
The insulated sandwich panels were delivered ready to use, with exterior and interior finish. This made it possible to complete the structure quickly. The elements are intended as single pieces that are assembled and rest on each other.
Their size is close to the maximum for transportation and assembly. Each element is combined so that the spaces between them make up the window openings.
The windows and doors are made of crude aluminum, the only other material used in the exterior. All material can be left untreated. The interiors are oak veneered birch plywood. Room zones connect the two floors, and the custom-built furniture, made by the architect’s own carpenters, emphasizes these zones. The furniture can change as the family and its members develop and grow.
The house was built in 2014.
Photography by Finn Serck-Hanssen, Nils Petter Dale.
Prefabricated Concrete Norwegian Villa, written by Tor Kjolberg