This is about small house design, about remodels, about a boat home and about repurposing a home that is over 200 years old. This labor of love was completed by Norwegian practice TYIN Tegnestue Architects. It sits on the Northwestern coast of the Aure Kommune, in the municipality of Møre og Romsdal, Norway. Most of the program of the original building was preserved, with its traditional boat and fishing gear storage spaces. But what’s truly extraordinary is the extensive repurposing of the original materials to complete the new, fully operable shell.
This boat house, a true wonder of small house design, is now a summer vacation place. Its long façade is fully shuttered and fully operable, which means the home can fully open to welcome the cooling breeze of the mountainous and lake-washed landscape. Inside, there’s a single room, adorned by the basic steel fittings on the inside of the individual shutters. The blinds can be fully opened, or individually angled, to create a diversely inclined canopy for the sheltering of the adjacent deck. The home’s structure comprises eight H-profile steel beams, and the foundation was lain directly on the bedrock. It features Norwegian pine cladding, saturated with industrial sugar-cane for insulation, as well as for achieving a wonderfully antiquated look. The interior walls are covered with 200-year old panels, and all the original windows have been preserved. The home glows softly in the Norwegian night, due to its canvas covering.