Villa O is located in a residential area north of Oslo with sweeping views over the city and the fjords. The house, designed in 1952 by the architect Jens Selmer, needed a total renovation. It is located in a historically listed garden city area; the restrictions to alterations of the original façade gave an entirely new logic within the existing shell.
THE GROUND FLOOR
On the ground floor, we introduced a sculptural staircase in black lacquered solid wood as one single organizing element. The staircase acts as a room divider between the dining room, the formal living room and the fireplace. The rooms are connected through a fireplace integrated into the wall, creating a void, with a view through from both sides. A custom-made bookshelf also reinforces the distinction between the different spaces. Two new doors replace the original windows to form a direct access to the garden.
THE SECOND FLOOR
On the second floor, the circular staircase organizes the rooms, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The stairs form a drop-shaped central room, as a replacement for the traditional corridor. The interior forms a surprising contrast with the traditional exterior, but has a corresponding scale.
Title: Villa O /Client:Olav Line /Location:Nordberg, Oslo, Norway /Site: Renovation of an existing house /Area: ca 200 m2 /Program: House /Status: Completion 2014 /Design: Space Group /Team: Gary Bates, Gro Bonesmo /Pictures: Fotografbureauet