Snake Like House Mimics Nature


The HUS-1 house, designed by Torsen Ottesjo looks like a snake the way it curves, and the shingles look like scales from a distance. This little house is just 25 square meters (just under 270 square feet!) but there’s lots of room for everything you need. The architect wanted the house to be “difficult to overlook” and he accomplished that without doubt. The building was constructed on site and is free standing – so it can be moved anywhere. Energy efficient and green, this house cost less to build and is easier to clean and maintain, because of its small footprint. Wood was used for the framework, chosen for it’s lightness and natural qualities. The frame of the house was build curved, like the frame of a boat, with ribs to support the curved sides. Based on the Scandinavian west coast, the architect builds houses that he feels are “more suitable” for human beings – houses that are at one with the environment and its inhabitants. And don’t be fooled by the size of this house – it has a full kitchen, bedroom, hallway, dining table and more. It’s designed functionally (think boat) and there’s even room for guests to stay over. Good things come in small packages.



The walls are framed like the ribs in a boat.


The house is free standing – easy to move.


Designed to blend in with its environment, the house almost disappears in the trees.


The convex walls give a spacious feel to the interior.


The house looks cozy and inviting at dusk.


More information: Torsten Ottesjo

Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.