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Flokehyttene, Ryvarden in Sveio Kommune

Situated on the far end of the headland in Sveio, a 30 minute drive from Haugesund, where endless sky meets the majestic sea, you can find the Ryvarden lighthouse. It was from this site Floke Vilgerdsson, or Ravnafloke, in the year 868 sailed out as the first man to settle on an unnamed island which he named Iceland. More than a thousand years later, the five cabins, “Flokene”, stand ready in the sea gap in Sveio. They were designed by Holon Arkitektur for Haugesund Turistforening, a local branch of the Norwegian Trekking Association. One of the major aspects for the project was that the cabins should not leave a permanent trace in the landscape. Four holes for each cabin, drilled in the rock to anchor the steel columns, is the only trace in the landscape. There were no digging or levelling, and the end result is five spectacular cabins with panoramic view over the North Sea. Their triangular shape and flat cut is carefully planned to withstand the harsh climate with its strong winds that sometimes ravages the Western Norwegian coast. Four of the cabins house up to five people. They are all equipped with a kitchen, living room and a toilet. The largest cabin offers accommodation for up to ten people and is also wheelchair accessible. The heart of each cabin is a fireplace that allows guests to keep warm and cosy inside while watching the waves crashing against the cabin walls outside.

Credits

Architecture Firm
Holon Arkitektur; Roald Bø

Engineering
Procon AS, Doku AS, Byggmester Helge Kvale

Landscape
Holon Arkitektur

Consultants
Q Rådgivning, P. J. Rassmussen, Jatec, Bjelland VVS, In-Design

Collaborators
Norsk Tipping, SR-bank, Vestland Fylkeskommune, Sveio Kommune

Client
Haugesund Turistforening

Year of completion
2020

Location
Ryvarden in Sveio Kommune, Norway

Total area
239 m2 (four small cabins à 41m2, one “big” cabin 75 m2)

Photos
Holon Arkitektur

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