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In designing Villa Grieg in Bergen, Norway, for a musician and his family, Saunders Architecture has composed music for the eyes. From a distance, the house on a hill overlooking Lake Nordås appears as a mirage, a seemingly impossible cantilevered loop barely resting on a forest of slender pilotis. Closer up, though, the building reveals a practical duality: as a sound box that shuts out noise from a nearby road and as a viewfinder that lets the residents frame layers of their surroundings.

Designed for a musician and his family, Villa Grieg is a loop of a building clad in Kebony to blend in with its forest surroundings. It touches down with a wedge-shaped music studio.

Todd Saunders, lead architect on the...

Todd Saunders Draws a Line in the Air in Bergen, Norway

Designed for a composer and his family, Villa Grieg is a looped structure that touches ground with a wedge-shaped music studio.

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