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issue 49 - April/May 2019
CURVE magazine cover April/May 2019
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The Ultimate Getaway and an Escape from it All

The PAN Treetop Cabins, created by Oslo based architect Espen Surnevik, were commissioned by a couple that wanted to create a tourist retreat in the Norwegian wilderness. Perched on slender legs and sitting amid the treetops of Finnskogen, a woodland in east Norway, the cabins represent a true escape. The two matching cabins are elevated into the trees on black metal structures, with black cladding designed by Surnevik to create a man made aesthetic that helps them stand out from the landscape. 'Rather than building the project in wood, that can you find directly in nature, the materials used in the project seek to be a contrast to the tactility of the forest,' said Surnevik. "The use of homogeneous metal surfaces gives the cabins a distinct character, which is important to underline the cabins as an intellectual, man made, object put into nature,' he said. The PAN Treetop Cabins feature tent shaped forms with large glazed gable ends, which Surnevik modeled on the 'primal clarity' of North American A frame lodges and the 'surrealistic' houses of Tove Jansson's Moomin cartoons. Both cabins are based on the same drawings, but have been customized to fit their specific sites.

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