V-House. Entrance level roofdeck with a view.

V-House. Entrance level roofdeck with a view.

V-House, library. Roof deck and main entrance in the background.

V-House, stairs to the main living area: one outdoor, one indoor.

V-House, guillotine door in the main living area, opening onto outdoor terrace.

V-House, shower room in the "batcave" library.

V-House, glass floor in the "batcave".

V-House, the "batcave" - accessed from the roof deck as well as from the main living space.

V-House, roof deck and main entrance.

V-House. Plan lower level with bedroom, living area and den.

V-House. Plan upper/entrance level with kitchen and roof deck.

V-House. Section A-A showing the inside of the big guillotine door.

V-House. Section B-B through the bedrooms and the little atrium.

V-House. Section C-C through the main stair to the living level.

Section key.

Landscape plan. Landscape architects: West 8, Netherlands

View of V-House from across the fjord. Photo: Ivan Brodey.

The house is conceived as two landscapes: one in concrete, anchored to the sloping site, and one in steel, folded to form the main living spaces. These two material systems meet in a rupture, a ”cleft” penetrating both, which leads light from the south-facing entrance down to the north-facing living space.

The plan is simple – the spatial complexity appears in the section. Rather than contained spaces, V-House offers a continuous surface for social action. The variety of spatial relationships combines with the natural terrain and takes in the Norwegian landscape and the fjord from all sides.


V-House was awarded the A.C. Houen Fund Diploma in 2012, and the Steel Construction Award in 2005.