The Hunters Retreat / Vardehaugen

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It’s a common perception that the campfire is the origin of modern society: When humans learned how to control fire, we gathered around it and started developing language, traditions, and community. Today campfires still have the power of connecting us to something fundamentally human: they make us sit together and tell each other stories.

The Hunters Retreat Technical Information

This proyect is based on the most fundamental of all human traditions: the ghatering around campfires.

– Vardehaugen Architects

The Hunters Retreat Photographs

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The Hunters Retreat by Vardehaugen Architects

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The Hunters Retreat

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Text by the Architects

The Hunters Retreat is a mountain-dwelling inspired by this phenomenon: the building folds around a fireplace creating a small circular atrium. As soon as the fire is lit and the hunters gather around the flames, shadows start dancing on the walls behind them.

The building itself is simply a row of classic A-shaped cabins, each of them equipped with a small stove and two beds. At each end of the row, two public features conclude the circle: a public sauna and a small common room. The circular retreat is cladding with slate stone from the local quarry.

The Hunters Retreat Plans
The Hunters Retreat by Vardehaugen Architects

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About Vardehaugen

Vardehaugen is an architectural studio located in Oslo, Norway, established in 2015 by Håkon Matre Aasarød, – former partner and co-founder of Fantastic Norway Architects. The studio works with a variety of projects, from private houses to public processes and urban planning.

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Cite this article: "The Hunters Retreat / Vardehaugen" in ArchEyes, September 2, 2020,