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The Twists and Turns of Norway's White House

Photos Courtesy of JVA Architects
JVA Architects built the White House from simple materials (like concrete and oak paneling) and while it has little in common with the historic presidential White House in Washington, D.C., this single family home definitely has cleaner lines. Found in Strand, Norway, the 2,100-square-foot home is set on the Oslo Fjord in the middle of a wooded suburban area.

With a modern design, the residence "twists dynamically between sheltering for privacy and opening up for angles of vistas." The main living area stretches over a large enough space that owners will be able to enjoy the sunrise between the trees to the east and the Oslo Fjord to the west. The painted wood panels extend from the exterior to the interior, where they are used for the walls and ceilings on the second floor. On the ground floor you will find exposed concrete to give an unfinished and industrial look to the polish design.
Built between 2003 and 2005 for a private client, the White House features floor-to-ceiling windows that often make up an entire façade of the home. At one angle the windows can be seen to begin on one side, opening up onto a patio, and then wrap around the corner to amble all the way down another side of the home, connecting all living spaces to nature. Another detail that I really liked is that on the second floor, the ceiling is made to look like the flooring, creating a neat "up is down" effect.

Mila Pantovich

Mila Pantovich lives in San Diego, CA with her cat and two rats. She graduated from California State San Marcos with a degree in Literature and Writing and a minor in Film Studies. She has written for several publications, including San Diego City News and North Park News, and in her spare time writes film reviews for various online publications. A self-prescribed film/book obsessive, she's curren...(Read More)

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