Cabin-Ustaoset Sits on a Remote Site at the Foot of Hardangervidda in Norway

Based in Hol, Norway, this small wooden cabin is set 3,500 feet (1066 meters) above sea level. It’s been built at the foot of Hardangervidda, one of the worlds largest mountain plateaus.


The project, titled Cabin-Ustaoset, has been designed and managed by architect John Danielsen. He had to overcome the many challenges, including how to transport building materials to a site that’s off the beaten track.



Given its remote location and lack of road access, materials had to be flown in by helicopter. Site preparation and ground works were completed manually, not only because of the difficulty in getting machinery up there, but also because the work required a more delicate touch in order to preserve as much of the landscape as possible.



The entire structure is set on a series of piles resting on bedrock. The shell of the cabin was erected during the summer months, while the interior was finished during the winter when smaller items could be transported by a snow scooter. All told, it features 775.00-square-feet (72-square-meters) of living space.


The cabin is clad with pine both inside and out. The exterior pine has a rough sawn finish, whereas the interior has been planed. The wood covers just about every surface in the building. To prevent it from becoming to much, large floor-to-ceiling windows have been installed along the length of the living area.


Cabin-Ustaoset has a small entrance hallway that leads through to the main open plan living space. This room contains separate areas for a dining room, kitchen and living room. The main bathroom and master bedroom are set to the front side of the cabin, so as to take advantage of the views.


The children’s bedroom, and a small study/storage nook, are set to the back face of the home. In addition to the main cabin, there’s also a XXX-square-foot (29-square-meter) annex. It acts as a sheltered outdoor space for the owners and their guests to enjoy.

For more cabins check out this mountainside home that tracks the path of the sun. Or, Tom’s Hut, a woodland retreat from Austria. See all cabins.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Knut Bry

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. Interesting concept but house is NOT finished too sterile needs personal items in it to make it a home I also dislike so much wood for decoration would have been more original in design if one of the main walls was made of Glass Bricks giving both light and privacy at the same time.