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.


Naust V - Koreo Arkitekter + Kolab Arkitekter - Norway - Doors Open - Humble Homes

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.

Naust V - Koreo Arkitekter + Kolab Arkitekter - Norway - Translucent Wall - Humble Homes

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

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 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.