Manshausen Island Resort

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Project Title

Manshausen Island Resort

Project Function


Project Location

Norway, Steigen County, Manshausen Island

Project Tags

Architecture, interior design, furniture design

Office Name

Stinessen Arkitektur AS

Team Members

Snorre Stinessen

Office Link


Snorre Stinessen

Project Description

Manshausen Island is situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Northern Norway. The Island´s position between majestic mountains and the Barents Sea is in itself the inspiration for the design. The guestrooms are organized as minimum footprint cabins that are designed to offer their guests an immersive exposure to nature and the natural elements, while being comfortably sheltered. The positioning of each cabin on the island provide privacy and undisturbed sea views, but each individual position is also selected to ensure minimum impact on the existing vegetation. All details, including interiors and glazing are custom designed. Wave heights, extreme weather conditions and also future raise in sea level were studied to determine the exact positions of the cabins. The original cabins rest on the existing stone quays and the and the new are positioned at the tip of the rocky formations at the northern end of the Island and out over the sea. The cabins are designed to offer their guests shelter and comfort while at the same time underlining the dramatic experience of the elements outside; the sea, landscape, changing lights, weather and different seasons.

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Image Credits

Siggen Stinessen, Kjell Ove Storvik, Adrien Giret

Manshausen Island Resort


DESIGN SCORE:      /100



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