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This renovation of a classic 1890s apartment in Oslo was an effort to create public and private zones needed for a family with small children and many overseas visitors.

The spiral, snail-like organization of the plan starts in a large entry foyer that opens through grand doors into 3 parlor rooms. These parlor rooms face the street and the apartment spirals inward to a distinct family zone that looks out to a courtyard in the center of the building.

Clerestory windows provide natural light and enlarge spaces in landlocked (windowless) bathrooms. Floors and cabinets were lightened with white-pigmented oil and all walls were painted white to combat dark Scandinavian winter days.


Lexie Mork-Ulnes, Casper Mork-Ulnes.


Espen Grønli & Hans Petter Smedby


Completed, 2013.

Selected Publications:
Nytt Rom Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Boyntt Magazine