Hyttå – a new norwegian vernacular

A built structure should speak the language of its surroundings, while expressing its age. It should play on the notion of the familiar, while allowing for the curiosity of the innovative. The structure should embrace vernacular values, while expressing a current disposition.

Vernacular  [vəˈnakjʊlə] a category of architecture based on local needs, construction materials and reflecting local traditions.

Hytte is a place of moments, connected to memories. Sited in nature; in the mountains or by the sea. Each cabin has its own dialogue with its surroundings, its own traditions and history. My thesis explores how to accommodate the facilities of today’s lifestyle, while retaining the values of the hytte typology. In an ever globalizing world, there is an emerging trend moving towards the local, avoiding gentrification and homogenization. This project bases its point of departure from the vernacular.