Asante Architecture & Design is located on the Norwegian coast and has created this bespoke home to blend in with the surroundings. The customer, a chef, wanted a home that was completely at peace with the natural surroundings and at the same time offered a retreat from the rest of the world.
The facade is weather-treated using a Japanese technique of burned wood that requires little maintenance to protect it from wind and rain. The roof is covered with sedum grass so that it blends in further with the landscape.
The owner can watch the moon rise from the living room or fish from the side of the balcony. The bathtub, immersed in the rocks of the coast, offers a view of the Northern Lights over the ocean.
The front and back of the house have been split for more privacy. The side facing the street has smaller windows, while the picture windows at the opposite end offer views of the coast and the Norwegian Sea. The bedroom is above the kitchen.
The interior decor harmonizes with the exterior decor: the rooms are clad with natural wood and remain unchanged. I love the colors: natural light and whitewashed woods, beautiful blue and marine tones that remind you that the cottage is right on the water.