Basecamp is an apartment/weekend-house complex located between the ski slopes at Kvitfjell. Kvitfjell (“White Mountain` in English) hosted the men’s alpine downhill event during the Olympic games of 1994. The planning outline allowed three storeys plus mezzanine, resulting in a dense, effective use of the site that generated very little traffic. The first three of seven buildings, each comprising nine apartments, are laid along the steep slope of the site. The obvious reference is the generous, but simple vernacular farm buildings of the Gudbrandsdalen valley. The new buildings have assymetrically pitched roofs that make room for the mezzanine, extending to cover an external gallery. The outer wall cladding material is rough untreated timber, cut directly from the timber log in sizes measuring about 50 x 145 mm, over a prefabricated concrete structure. The exterior is only oiled once, and will be left for time and weather conditions to be treated for the coming years. Wood is used in all possible surfaces inside and outside, untreated or just given a simple surface treatment with bioorganic oils. Railings and parts of the interior and exterior walls are made from timber scrap, which normally would have been looked upon as waste, supported by local timber merchants. Bathrooms are prefabricated and interior fittings are produced by local joiners. All interior details, beds, dinner table, kitchen and so on are designed by the architect. A vital part of the original idea was to develop a traditional “enveloping` cabin, a base, to get back to after a long day in the mountain (hiking or skiing), more introvert and protecting, than exposed to the surroundings. The apartment offers a “basic` space including a combined kitchen and living area, two bedrooms, a generous hall (according to the needs after a day on the skiing hill) and a bathroom.


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