This log cabin retreat was designed and built in 2003 by Todd Saunders, principal of Saunders Architecture, in collaboration with Tommie Wilhelmsen. A self-initiated and self-financed project. With great respect for the surrounding landscape, the duo, along with carpenter Mats Odin Rustøy, built a minimalistic and off-grid retreat using felled wood from their land.Where? Where tired mind only goes to. To the Nature, to the Hardanger Fjord, Norway.
At 111 miles, the Hardanger Fjord is the third longest fjord in the world. Watching it is perhaps the main diversion here.
The small retreat uses no electricity and is not connected to the grid. Instead, natural gas is used for cooking and heating. As the retreat will be used mostly during the summer months, when there is only around 4 hours of darkness, no lights were installed and if lighting is needed, candles are used.
Large glass windows provide stunning views of the fjord.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow maximum light inside and reveal the full impact of the jaw-dropping view. ↑ The long thin deck is designed to float above the forest floor without harming the vegetation. Some 150 native plants grow in these woods, including delicate wild orchids. ↓