Annex is a collaboration between Koreo Arkitekter and Håvard Tveito.
To build an annex is a typical architectural task in Norway. Ownership of a single family home is common, and at some point in life most people feel the need to alter their domestic space. For some it might just be about expanding their space the way they already use it. For others it can be a wish to have a place for new activities. As a typology the annex is difficult to define, but its potential as an architectural project lies in the possibility to alter, by small interventions, the perception and thus the use of a home. Adding the right wall, moving a window, framing the garden so that you see it again for the first time.
This annex and garage was designed for a couple in Birkeland, a small city in the south of Norway. Situated in the midst of agricultural fields and green surroundings, they enjoy picturesque views from their house. On the other side, the open landscape made it difficult to inhabit the garden as it left them feeling exposed, to views from neighbor’s and from the rough nordic climate. As a response to the this we proposed to locate the project along a sheltered path going from the entrance of the main house and across the garden. The outdoor area would in that way be split into a logistical front side and a smaller green garden on the back side. Here one can enjoy the view with the back against a reliable wall. Dividing the programs into separate buildings states the subordination to the main house, and maintain the home’s proportional scale to the surroundings. Spaces that are left between the buildings offers glimpses of the beautiful landscape instead of constant exposure, and enriches the garden with intimate situations. The simple shape of an old greenhouse inspired the design and constitutes together with the new additions a differentiated and comfortable outdoor space.
Team: Erlend Aalmo Strønstad, Håvard Tveito.
Photos: Feileacán McCormick
Status: In progress