Project type: The project is cabins which can be rented from

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Location: The eastern part of Norway, close to the Swedish border, two hours driving north of Oslo.
Gjesåsen (place) – Åsnes (local district) – Hedmark (district) – Norway

Site: Large forest-property owned by the Clients, as part of the huge forest-area called “Finnskogen” (Finlandian-forests) in Norway.

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Project size: There are built two PAN-cabins based on the same drawings but customized to fit specific to the local site and topography. Client considers building two more cabins.

Cabins size: Cabins are approximately 40 square meters inside, and have a free height inside of 5,4m, free length inside of 8,4m, and a free width inside 3,7m.

PAN-tretopphytter (PAN treetop-cabins) By espen surnevik - Sheet2

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Cabins: functions: There is a mezzanine with a double bed, and there is possibility for six sleeping places in total. Extra sleeping places is provided by beds that are integrated into the inner walls, and which can be tilted out when needed. The cabins are supported with a complete bathroom with water-toilet and shower. There is a small kitchen and a fireplace. The cabins are full insulated and have electrical heating in all the wood floors.

PAN-tretopphytter (PAN treetop-cabins) By espen surnevik - Sheet8PAN-tretopphytter (PAN treetop-cabins) By espen surnevik - Sheet9Cabins materials: The cabins have a main structure made of steel which are suspended 6m into the bedrock in order to take up all wind loads on the cabins. The cladding is mainly in black oxidized zinc and black steel. There are used a large number of different steel-dimensions and steel-qualities in order to the required need on each and every detail. Interior are made manly of wood with highly precision crafted details of pine-wood. Textiles are made of local 100% wool.

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Espen Surnevik

Espen Surnevik (1973) is a Norwegian contemporary Architect having his own architectural practice in Oslo but working with projects in a wide range and geographical area. Besides his practice he is also a teaching professor at the Oslo School of Architecture.

Espen Surnevik`s works stands in the Norwegian regional tradition, with a belief that site and culture provides a evident Architectural potential to a project either it should be located in the Sahara ore in the mountains of Andes. Espen Surnevik operates in a field where he views Architecture as a discipline of Art which have the ability to reach out to the emotional and intuitive feeling of man.

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Based on the regional aspect, Espen Surnevik`s approach is not based on a style, but in a belief that every situation is unique, and therefore can create a new answer based on phenomenology. The projects local history, the local nature, the local climate, and the local materials becomes, in combination with the clients will and program, the inspirational force that the Architectonic approach runs out from.


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