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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Loft renovation in Oslo, Norway by Austigard Arkitektur AS

 
April 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Austigard Arkitektur AS 

The architect was approached by the client with the request of converting the existing loft from uninsulated storage to living spaces. Due to the low ceiling height at about 2.1 at the maximum, the client suggested the roof be completely rebuilt in a position about one meter higher. This original plan would have doubled the building budget and most probably have been rejected by building authorities due to height restrictions. Instead the architect suggested keeping the roof in the same position, and instead work with the space so that it would be usable and feel spacious, even with the limited ceiling height.

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

  • Architects: Austigard Arkitektur AS
  • Project: Loft renovation
  • Location: Oslo, Norway 
  • Team: Tor O. Austigard, Hildegunn Slotnæs
  • Suppliers:

    • Veneer sheets: Oslo Finerfabrikk
  • Area: 60 sqm net area
  • Year: 2015
  • Software used: Archicad

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

The architect chose to refurbish the loft with the assumption that it would primarily be used in a sitting or lying position on the floor, in contrast to the floor below, with regular living rooms, kitchen and bedrooms. This has affected the architecture of the loft in a number of ways:

  1. Roof windows are positioned in a low position to allow maximum views when sitting. When standing one can also see out, but the view will then invite one to sit down to enjoy it.
  1. When sitting down, one’s focus is on the expansiveness of the floor, whereas standing up, one’s focus would have been on the narrowness of space between beams and lateral ceiling surfaces. Therefore the wooden floor is treated almost as one big piece of furniture.
  1. Some existing structural elements such as beam and columns have deliberately been left in a position where they loosely divide the loft into zones, and creates a depth with sequences of spaces before the eye meets the outer walls or outside views.
  1. A big opening in the floor has been established over the living room below. This allows views down despite being in a sitting or lying position, and adds to the loft space a sense of overview, calmness and of being in control.
  1. The toilet core as well as inside of outer walls are rough in materiality, in contrast to the lateral ceiling surfaces which are more smooth. This allows the ordinary walls to stand out as objects (rather than as enclosing walls) in a limitless space that folds around them.
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Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

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Image Courtesy © Austigard Arkitektur AS

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