Many artists fantasize about taking a retreat to channel their creativity in the most peaceful way possible. We say if you're aiming to summon your inner artistic genius, there's a breathtaking artist-in-residence complex in Norway named "Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær" (Refugium at Fleinvær) that's designed to be a haven for innovative minds to convene and create.
Known for creating eclectic, sustainable structures that are scattered from Norway to Thailand and elsewhere, architect firm TYIN Tegnestue collaborated with Rintala Eggertsson and local university students and volunteers to take the scenic spot owned by jazz musician Håvard Lund to another architectural level, one that would transform it into an inviting workspace to rent out to other artists.
Situated north of the Arctic Circle, the retreat is comprised of several hillside cabins overlooking the ocean. Visitors access the island retreat by ferry where they are ushered into a floating sauna upon arrival. A tower house contains a bathroom, a kitchen and a studio. The accompanying structures are positioned like steps, one located beneath the other. Four additional cabins serve as sleeping quarters. Two of them are outfitted with bunk beds while the remaining two are furnished with two twin beds. Counting the cave which can also be slept in, the Fleinvær cabins can accommodate 12 people.
The designers took care to complete the project with minimal environmental impact by mounting the cabins on steel columns at an angle that wouldn't disturb the ground. Additionally, Eggertsson says a pathway between the cabins aims to protect surrounding areas as well.
According to Designboom, Lund originally envisioned himself as the sole occupant of the picturesque workspace but decided to share in the wealth, eventually hatching plans to invite musicians, writers and other creatives to work in a place "unlike anything else in the world," a feat he has clearly achieved.