Norwegian interior and architecture practice Paulsen & Nilsen bring a sense of tranquillity to a home overlooking the Oslofjord inlet in Oslo, Norway.
This four-storey home by Paulsen & Nilsen is set high among the treetops on a hill with views of Norway’s Oslofjord and the city. Here a panoramic glass facade and robust materials complement the natural topography of the site, eliminating the divide between inside and out. Through a consistently muted colour palette, Paulsen & Nilsen have challenged the cool Norwegian climate, injecting warmth into the home at every opportunity.
Paulsen & Nilsen cofounder Mariann Paulsen says the team chose to work with a limited number of materials to create cohesion; opting for materials that ‘made sense’ with the surrounding natural environment. “We focused on a less is more approach,” Mariann says. “Natural European oak, pigmented concrete, mineral-painted beige plaster and patinated steel form the base of the design,” she adds.
The Boffi Code Kitchen by Piero Lissoni announces its presence on its own split level floor, overlooking the adjacent living room and outdoor dining space. The DePadova Brompton shelving system acts as a buffer between the kitchen and living space, without interrupting the open floor plan. A piece of Australia from Sydney-based weavers Crossing Threads titled ‘Tenderness’ cultivates softness in the hallway.
A piece of Australia from Sydney-based weavers Crossing Threads titled ‘Tenderness’ was commissioned by the designers for the Oslo House.
“The steel staircase is a standout feature in the house, made by the very talented Italian artisan Umberto D’aquino,” Mariann says. “It was a joy to see it lifted into the space.”
There is a striking combination of linear forms in timber, steel and concrete in the centre of the home, where every level connects through the large light-filled void. This similar interplay of light repeats itself in the study and master ensuite, through the external timber screen.
Deviating from the traditional Norwegian architectural vernacular, Paulsen & Nilsen’s Oslo House makes a contemporary statement with a fluid connection to the outdoors.
Paulsen & Nilsen custom-designed the desk in oak and powder-coated steel shelves in the study.