Edge house

Location : Kolbotn, Norway
Building type : Single family house
Client : Withheld at the owners request
Size : 160m²
Schedule : Finished 2008
Primary architects : Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Claes Cho Heske Ekornaas


The client for the Edge House asked for a spectacular house on a limited budget, on a challenging site with 8 meters height difference from the access road to a plateau.
To save the plateau, the building was pushed towards the eastern perimeter of the site, suspended above the slope on slender steel columns. The entrance stair rises along the slope through the house up to the plateau. This strategy avoids costly blasting, hiding the technical connections in the stair. At the same time it saves the existing characteristics of the site, creating a dramatic interplay between volume and site. The entrance condition and the experience from the inside attempts to underline this interplay. The interior is clad in Birch plywood, the exterior in naturally colored fiber cement boards.