Naust V – A Cozy Boathouse With Transparent Walls


This boathouse in Norway has been designed by Koreo Architects and Kolab Architects. The project, dubbed Naust V, involved transforming an old boathouse into a modern structure while still upholding Norway’s conservative building regulations.

Naust V - Koreo Arkitekter + Kolab Arkitekter - Norway - Exterior - Humble Homes

The property is set along the Norwegian west coast, in the small village of Vikebygd. Boathouses are a common sight in Norway and were traditionally used as a place of storage for fishing equipment and boats. Today, given their reduced dependence on the sea, many of these properties are now being used as holiday homes.

Naust V - Koreo Arkitekter + Kolab Arkitekter - Norway - Interior - Humble Homes

Naust V measures just 431 square feet (40 square meters). The exterior is clad wholly in wood that’s been angled like shades, providing outward views while maintaining privacy. It also features a second layer of translucent panelling, allowing light to filter through to the main living spaces.

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The walls of the boathouse are lined from the floor to the eaves with storage units. Seating has been created out of the foundation wall by simply adding a few cushions and a back support. A table and bench lie opposite the built-in seating, acting as a spot for eating and socializing.

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The Naust V is split into two main areas: a winter garden, and the more sheltered storage section. The winter garden features the wood siding with polycarbonate sheets, making it, as the architects put it, “both opaque and transparent.”

Naust V - Koreo Arkitekter + Kolab Arkitekter - Norway - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

Between the winter garden and storage area you’ll find a small kitchen with a fireplace. The western wall features a large opening, blurring the gap between the inside and outside. The main construction materials – heartwood pine, plywood and polycarbonate sheeting – were all produced locally.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Mattias Josefsson

1 Comment

  1. I like the openness but missing a picture and like walls to be painted. Question I do have was the roof reinforced for ice and snow? Question I do have is a wooden or metal roof more stable? Idaho gets a lot of snow and ice.

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