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A Norwegian Architect Built His Family a Treehouse-Like Villa

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Photos by Bent René Synnevåg via <a href="">Designboom</a>
Photos by Bent René Synnevåg via Designboom

Architects are the first to admit it: They make for ... difficult design clients. Todd Saunders (he of Fogo Island fame and the founder of Saunders Architecture) took on this challenge and then some by setting out to build a home for himself and his family—plus pooch, of course. The result is akin to a haute Modernist treehouse, nestling as it does in a leafy grove just outside Bergen, Norway, the country's western seaside shipping hub. Clad in handsome blackened-timber, Villa S— as it's been dubbed after, one imagines, the family name— is a three-story dwelling marked by a long second floor perched on a podium-like ground-level that makes it appear to float off the lush site. Broad windows on the second story let in the sun, and the interiors (done in collaboration with designer Hannes Wingate) are as crisp as you'd expect from our Scandinavian friends. Home sweet home indeed.

· Todd Saunders completes villa S, a timber-clad suburban residence in norway [Designboom]
· Meet the Artists' Studio That Tiptoes on Rocky Terrain [Curbed]
· All Norway coverage [Curbed]