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Window on the wilderness – sustainable extension takes in the sea eagle's domain

08 Aug, 2019
These cabins form part of an extension to architecture, cloud, house, reflection, sky, tree, water, gray, black
These cabins form part of an extension to a Norweigan wilderness resort. The glazing was custom made for the project, the glass walls allowing for unobstructed views of nature and the elements.

Designed by Stinessen Arkitektur

From the architects:

Manshausen 2.0 is a recent extension of the Manshausen Island Resort. Manshausen Island is situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Northern Norway and is home to the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles. The Island´s position between majestic mountains and the Barents Sea is in itself the inspiration for the design.


For the Manshausen 2.0, a recent extension of architecture, bay, coast, coastal and oceanic landforms, fell, fjord, geological phenomenon, highland, hill, home, house, inlet, landscape, mountain, rock, sea, sky, water, white
For the Manshausen 2.0, a recent extension of the Manshausen Island Resort in Norway, the exposure to the natural elements is extreme so aluminium sheet cladding was chosen to withstand the salinity and salt water exposure.

The extension includes new cabins and a sauna/relax area in connection with a central seawater pond on the island. 

The sauna was made using left-over materials from the first stage of the building process and also old slate roof tiles found on the island. 

The design seeks to relate to the specific positioning in the pond, but also the surrounding landscape, while offering the guests a comfortable seating inside and an easy access to the cold water.

The new cabins at Manshausen Island Resort by coast, geological phenomenon, highland, house, mountain, sea, sky, transport, yellow, teal
The new cabins at Manshausen Island Resort by Stinessen Arkitetur are positioned at the tip of the rocky formations at the northern end of the Island and out over the sea.

The new cabins are positioned at the tip of the rocky formations at the northern end of the Island and out over the sea. 

Although they enjoy much of the same undisturbed sea views the positioning in the landscape offers a unique approach to the design. 

Wave heights, extreme weather conditions and also future raise in sea level were studied to determine the exact positions of the cabins. 

Wave heights, extreme weather conditions and also future atmosphere, atmospheric phenomenon, bay, calm, cloud, coast, coastal and oceanic landforms, dusk, evening, fjord, highland, horizon, house, landscape, mountain, ocean, reflection, sea, sky, sound, water, blue, teal
Wave heights, extreme weather conditions and also future rises in sea level were studied to determine the exact positions of the cabins at Manshausen Island Resort by Stinessen Arkitetur.

The exposure to the natural elements is extreme and aluminum sheet cladding was chosen to withstand the salinity and salt water exposure. 

The access to the cabins is via the rocky formations that allows you to step into and up out above the sea below. 

The shelter design endeavours to make a minimum environmental impact with minimum footprint and the use of cross laminated timber (CLT) construction. 

The glazing is custom made for the project and the large glasses allow for unobstructed views of the nature and the elements outside.

This shelter design for an extension to a chair, floor, furniture, interior design, nature, room, sky, window, gray, black
This shelter design for an extension to a Norwegian wilderness resort achieves minimum environmental impact with a modest footprint and the use of cross laminated timber (CLT) construction.

Credit list

Architect
Stinessen Arkitektur
Manufacturers
Lindab, Nemetschek
Location
Mannshausen, Lille Manshausen, 8283, Norway