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 historical listed garden city area; the restrictions to alterations of the original façade gave an entirely new logic within the existing shell.
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 in the wall, creating a void, with a view through from both sides. The 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.
On the second floor the circular staircase organizes the rooms, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The stairs forms 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.