Before architectural firm Austigard Arkitektur began renovations on a family home in an Oslo suburb, they had to first develop a plan to supply more balance to its interior. "Our biggest challenge was how to create an open space that leaves room for private zones for family members to withdraw to. It's the balance between being alone and being together," says architect Tor O. Austigard who, together with architect Mira Wolden, redesigned the three-bedroom house.
To fit the needs of the family, they created a spot for a large table that will become a focal point for gathering, while a loft-style overhang allows views of the dinner table below. More private areas, including the reading nook, are located upstairs, away from the home's social areas.
The 860-square-foot house channels plenty of Scandinavian design sensibilities — think light-toned wood and minimalist lines — and incorporates aesthetics that feel outwardly modern like extreme angles, metal mesh details, and black contrasts.