A Small Remote Hunting Lodge that Sleeps Up to 21 People

From certain angles, this remote hunting lodge is practically indiscernible from the surrounding landscape. Called Bjellandsbu and set in near Åkrafjordan in Norway, the small lodge features local stone cladding and a grass roof that allows it to blend in against the backdrop of the mountains.


Tiny Lakeside Lodge - Snøhetta - Norway - Exterior 1 - Humble Homes

Bjellandsbu has been designed by the architecture studio Snøhetta, who focused on reducing the visual impact of the lodge due to the untouched environment. Situated next to a lake, it’s “off the beaten track” location means it can only be accessed on foot, or by horseback.


Tiny Lakeside Lodge - Snøhetta - Norway - Exterior 2 - Humble Homes

Two curved steel beams provide the overall form, with timber rafters and studs filling in the roof and walls. All of the cladding materials – stone, grass, and wood – were sourced locally. On the inside the curve of the steel beams frames the front window view.


Tiny Lakeside Lodge - Snøhetta - Norway - Interior - Humble Homes

Timber has also been used to great effect in the main living area, cladding the roof and serving as a ladder to the lofted sleeping accommodation. According to the architects, they can squeeze in up to 21 people – all of the seating areas based around the central fireplace play double duty and can be used as beds.

Tiny Lakeside Lodge - Snøhetta - Norway - Against Landscape - Humble Homes

A small area next to the entrance serves as a space for cooking as storage. All in all, it’s probably one of the best camouflaged buildings I’ve seen, and the fact that its “camouflage” is composed of the immediate landscape is even better.

For more small and tiny retreats check out this contemporary getaway in Utrecht by Zecc. Or, this quiet contemplative forest retreat by Tomek Michalski. See all retreats.

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Photos: James Silverman.co

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. I find the way that this building seems to errupt out of the earth very appealing. There is a place on the coast where I live here in Wales where the natural strata of the rock form such a pattern (the name of that place is Ceibwr).

    I would love to know more about this building, such as its energy usage, and waste management. But that is just my curiosity and has no relationship to my admiration of the building itself. Its organic nature, as it emerges from its own surrounding and rests, quietly and stoically in its very own place is pure testament to the designers talent. A great build, how do I get there? What do I put into my Satnav?