Sanden+Hodnekvam Architects


Project Details



Trondheim / Norway



Year (Design/Construction):

2015 / 2017

Area (Net/Gross):

200 m2 / -
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Timber frame construction helps to reduce embodied carbon.
  • Design was considered to minimise material wastage.
  • Charred timber reduces the requirement for toxic preservatives and increases material lifespan.

T-House is  located in the outskirts of Trondheim, Norway. This area consists of small wooden houses and a forest surrounding a large lake which are both preserved by the municipality through stringent regulations. The building is a reinterpretation of the vernacular housing typical to the area, Trønderlåna. The exterior adapts to the scale and materiality of the surroundings, while the interior shows a new take on this vernacular typology.The house consists of three wings creating two outdoor spaces, each with its own distinct character. A wooden frame construction system is deployed to solve both the programmatic and constructional requirements of the house. The frames create different zones in the open plan. Birch plywood is systematically cut and mounted, with a minimum of leftover material. Small charred pine boards are fitted externally to correspond to the rhythm of the curves of the aluminium roof.


  • Team: John Sanden and Ingvild Hodnekvam
  • Photos: Sanden+Hodnekvam Architect


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