Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Refugium of a Forester / By Petra Gipp Arkitektur

Grimeton Nature Reserve, Varberg, Sweden
Petra Gipp Arkitektur
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
The nature reserve of Grimeton is part of Åkulla beech woods area, situated a couple of miles east of Varberg, close to the world heritage of Grimeton. It is a dramatic nature that rises over the flat arable lands along the seaboard.

Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
Highly situated on a plateau by one of the smaller lakes, Rörsjön, the refugium and the barn are solitarily located.
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
The barn connects to the newly constructed wood road. Here the forest opens up and creates a place where the encounter between the modern forestry and the old forest are made visible. Here, the forest guard is working with demands for rational forestry and recreation, for peace of mood and sense.
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
On the top of the hill, the refugium is situated, low-voiced and functional, with the dark introvert façade where only the entrance box breaks the otherwise austere façade. Not before walking along the steep slope towards the house one sees, through the entrance box and the whole building, the magnificent view over the woods and the lake, which with its mist creates an almost bewitching atmosphere.
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
Windowpanes and picture planes at different distances supported by the guidelines formed by the walls, together with the vertical forest, enhance the drama of these woods; a desire for a strong experience and a sharp contrast between the caring inside and the wild external.
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
The two volumes in tarred wood stand on an open foundation and details out of concrete, zinc and teak grants sophistication. The volumes are distinct and the details are carefully made to express the architectural entirety of these two buildings.
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
The varying wood façade folds in under the volume, its corners are mitred and it follows the jutting and suppressed parts, externally as well as internally. The window details are made out of teak, while the fireplace and the exposed surfaces are made out of concrete, for instance the entrance floor and the kitchen- and bathroom work surfaces.
Photo © Courtesy of Björn Lofterud
To build within a nature reserve, it is required to take a stand in regard to the inhabitation of the old forest; humbleness towards the forest despite the interference is necessary. A foundation high above the ground indicates the wish to leave the ground untouched, visually and conceptually. Casting a fireplace effectively states the necessity of making it possible to inhabit the place.
model--Photo © Courtesy of Petra Gipp Arkitektur
The architectural interpretation of the refugium has the intention to represent a habitation and workplace for the care and administration of the forest in forthcoming generations.
Description from the Architects:
location plan--drawing © Courtesy of Petra Gipp Arkitektur
floor plan--drawing © Courtesy of Petra Gipp Arkitektur
elevations--drawing © Courtesy of Petra Gipp Arkitektur
site section--drawing © Courtesy of Petra Gipp Arkitektur
Project Data
Project name: Refugium of a Forester
Location: Grimeton Nature Reserve, Varberg, Sweden
Program: Cabin in the forest
Project area: 108 m2
Completion Year: 2007
Award: 1st prize - Swedish Magazine of Architecture, emerging architecture.

The people
Architect: Petra Gipp Arkitektur
Principal designer: Petra Gipp
Structural engineer: Structor AB (Peter Bojrup)
Contractor: Designwork (Mattias Andersson)
Model constructor: Veronica Carlsson
Photographs: © Björn Lofterud

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