In my post about the Jesolo Lido Pool Villa, I introduced a concept that I called the “instalife”-style, and while the response to the post itself was positive, I received many comments about what this style really was. Today’s post will hopefully further that explanation using a beautiful little project on the coast of Norway’s Manshausen Island.
So, what really is the “instalife”-style? There is a growing drive among young people and social media users to pursue a life full of adventure, travel, immersion in foreign culture, and diversification that strays slightly from what some might call the “traditional” trajectory of life. That is, to finish school, attain a degree, and get a job.
With this new life style trend, comes an aesthetic that many people strive to attain, whether in their fashion sense, their social media feeds, their design sense, etc. It is an aesthetic that follows a modern, simplistic, sleek style without “clutter”. The Jesolo Villa is an example of that.
Today’s featured project is one that was driven by the desire to provide a place to stay for adventurers passing through Norway.
A small project, the Holiday Cabins designed by Norwegian Architect Snorre Stinessen capture the essence of the young ambitious traveler/explorer – the perfect destination for “instalife”-style seekers. This is where as a young architect things start to get exciting. The aesthetic of the cabins is clean and simple, but within that, come design moves that create the atmosphere the project tries to achieve.
Among the main design features of the project, is the desire for large captivating views of the breathtaking scenery. Each cabin has moments where the guest can immerse themselves in nature and achieve happiness by seemingly removing themselves from the materialistic world we live in. The four cabins are positioned in ways that maximize these views, while maintaining privacy for all the guests.
As seen in the plan, the bedroom is implied by the thicker wooden frame wall that extends just beyond the bed into the all glass living room, placing the guest in nature even in their sleep.
Projects like this show not only fantastic conceptualization of space, but also place Architecture as a field in social context. They show that architecture can be a result of social change, or can be a factor in social change. They show the true beauty of the field and just how malleable design can be.
All images of the project are by: Siggen Stinessen