Mortenhals House by Stinessen Arkitektur
Mortenhals House by Stinessen Arkitektur received the 2017 Best of Year award in the Green category. Learn more about Interior Design’s Best of Year awards.
Above the Arctic Circle, overlooking a fjord on one side and shielded by forest on the other, sits one of Snorre Stinessen’s most impressive and eco-conscious projects to date. The unusual configuration of this 2,500-square-foot family compound, comprising multiple cabins, plays with the way that the visitor slowly discovers what’s hidden behind the wooden doors. Even the outdoor areas remain private, with only waterscapes or trees as neighbors. In addition to the aesthetic appeal of the design, it checks off all the eco-conscious boxes: The forest was protected during the building process, all wood was sourced locally, water is used with restraint, and electricity is primarily hydropower.