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Chef Hadar’s House

An island home designed to coexist with the majestic Norwegian landscape surrounding it. On the remote Norwegian island of Stokkøya, local chef Hadar dreamed of building a home overlooking the sea. Our task was to design a sustainable home that is smart in its use of surface area a home that respectfully co-exists with its surroundings.

Project Facts

Type Housing

Location Stokkøya, Norway

Year 2015

Area 60 m²

Team Frida Öster

The Site

Hadar’s house is built on the rocky shores of the island of Stokkøya, on Norway’s west coast, overlooking the sea.


A wooden construction and sedum grass roof connect the house to the forest elements of the island. As the house is exposed to extreme local weather conditions, its façade in maintenance-free burned wood is built to endure — a traditional Japanese technique adapted to a Norwegian context.


Shou Sugi Ban

Surface-charred wood (“Shou Sugi Ban” or “Yakisugi”) is an ancient Japanese technique known for creating durable timber. Soot does not nourish fungi or microorganisms; by applying natural oil to bind this soot, it helps avoid run-off. 

Using high-quality timber — blackened pine in this project — yields a surface that is more resistant to the ravages of weather, erosion, fire, mould, fungi, or pests — without the need for toxic impregnation or paint.

Sedum cladding

Sedum is a method to create a biodiverse, green, light-weight roof that is relatively self-maintaining. It requires little water and nutrients and is highly resilient to extreme weather, insect pests, and diseases. Green roofs absorb rainwater, provide insulation, and create an aesthetically pleasing environment.

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Throughout the house, a selection of wooden panels in different treatments bring warmth and variety to each room.

The exposed trapezoidal metal sheets of the roof add a vibrant contrast, reflecting the waters and skies outside to naturally illuminate the interior.

Sustainable solutions

On sunny days, solar energy provides adequate heating to meet the needs of the entire home, regardless of the season.

A modern wood stove with a water jacket complements the low-energy heating system, which is connected to the local electricity grid.

Our vision

A house connected to its surrounding nature.

The concept behind Hadar’s House is to embody a feeling of “stepping into the landscape”. Built in two units that offset each other, the front offers a naturally inviting open space, while the south sea-facing anterior provides a private space with uninterrupted views of nature in seasonal shift. Here, the bathtub is literally submerged in the rock. This is Hadar’s favourite spot in the house, where. on a good night, the northern lights illuminate the sky.


Hadar’s house is part of a local family of internationally designed homes known collectively as “Bygda 2.0”, a local project that aims to re-envision the rural Norwegian village as a dynamic place for life, work, and relaxation with emphasis on sustainability, architecture, and exemplary cuisine.

Bygda 2.0

”The extreme weather conditions that are related to a site like this require construction and a facade that can endure tough conditions”.

Frida Öster – founding partner Asante


German Design Award Winner 2019 Special Mention

Statement of the jury The interior of the building, which is rather unassuming on the outside, captivates with its straightforward, well-planned architecture, which will ensure a high level of residential comfort. A beautiful design that also takes account of sustainability.

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A Design Award Winner 2018 Gold

A' Architecture Design Award aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of the best architecture designs and greatest architecture design concepts worldwide. The A' Design Accolades are organised and awarded annually, and the ultimate aim of the A' Architecture Design Competition is to create a global awareness for good design.

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