Summer House Reilstad designed by Helen & Hard architects is the winner of the "Glass Award 2019".
This beautiful summer house located on the island of Finnøy – one of the largest islands in Ryfylke in Norway – is a great example on how project can be customised to perfectly adapt to nature and special qualities of land. The house goes over four levels, and the residents move in an interior landscape linked directly to the outside terrain with various terraces and living areas.
There is a large ceiling in wood, with support only in the facade and ridge beam under the roof. When you enter the house, you have an overview of the whole interior, and views in all directions through the large glass facade. To provide high level of light and at the same time to protect the interior against overheating in the summer and heat loss in winter triple glazed units made of high-performance solar control glass Pilkington Suncool™ 70/35 in combination with low-emissivity glass have been used. The units have been filled with argon that helped to lower Ug value to 0.5 W/m²K.
To achieve required safety most of external panes of triple glazed units have been made of laminated safety glass. Interior glazing balustrades around the fire place are have also been made of clear toughened safety glass.
The architects had a very sensitive approach to the landscape and only natural materials have been used and their form adapted to the steepness of the site.