Location: Sperrebotn, Norway
Client: Private
Typology: Housing extension 
Area: 64m2 (existing), 40m2 (new)
Role: Architect, consultant
Team:  Rikke Winther,  Armelle Breuil
Environmental approach: Reuse, integration of bioclimatic system, self-building strategies

Ødegårdsletta is a small farm in Norway. The project explores different techniques of reuse, self-building and bioclimatic systems.

The original house consists of a log house built in the 1800’s, which was later extended towards the east. In total the existing house measures 64m². The new extension consists of a reused log house (30 m²)  and a wintergarden (10m²). 

Environmental approach: Ecological methods

The home owners aspirations was a home that would cater to their long-term physical needs, whilst accomplishing a low carbon footprint through working with circular systems. The aim for the project is to mimic natural systems for heating and ventilation as far as possible, as well as using reused, natural and local materials. 

The extension is built using natural and local building materials wherever possible. The wintergarden also doubles as a source of heat for the building by catching heat from the sun through the windows and storing it in a the south facing thermal wall, collecting and storing heat all year around. 

Furthermore, the scheme is fossil gas free and has a low operational energy. The extension is running on electricity collected by solar panels. The log house is insulated with sawdust from the local sawmill owned by the houseowner.


The house extension is an old log house from 1850’s that was carefully picked apart, stored and transported to Ødegårdsletta where it was re-erected. The house is attached to the original building by a winter garden made with reused windows.


The design decisions were taken in close collaboration with the owners and the result was a ‘tailored to needs’, ‘circular’ home, allowing the project to evolve and be altered by the client themselves in the future. Further workshops and ‘dugnader’ are planned in the building phase of the project to exchange knowledge and enable self building.