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This house in Norway has no doors...

… instead it has a wooden tunnel.

IF SOMEONE ASKED you what kind of house comes with no doors, you might think that it was some sort of riddle.

However, that is what this structure in Norway has, instead using an innovative design to re-imagine the entrance to the house.

The building achieves this with a curved “tuba-tunnel” that leads into a wooden cabin overlooking the city of Bergen. 

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The project was carried out by a team from the Bergen School of Architecture under the guidance of Espen Folgerø. Overall the structure is made of 95% wood with the tunnel made of curved shavings of pine structured in layers that give it its unique shape.

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The tube leads into accommodation that is said to be “somewhere between a tent and a cabin”.

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It is currently being put to use as a hotel room, and is said to be the only ‘off-the grid’ hotel room in the area – being fitted with no electricity or internet access.

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The structure is protected from fungal decay and damage with burned cladding that is part of the design has been made using a Japanese method called ‘Shou Sugi Ban’.

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The builders of the cabin have made it so that it is also of use to people hiking through the forest – with a secluded picnic area located underneath its overhang.

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The cabin is accessible from the city of Bergen, being a short walk away from a public tram line which goes close by it every 15 to 30 minutes.

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