The Paper House

Scandinavian architecture firm AART designs a landmark building for the new district of Verket in Moss, Norway

The Paper House Scandinavian architecture firm AART

Fact File
Location: Moss, Norway
Typology: Mixed-use
Developer: Höegh Eiendom
Size: 4,000 sqm
Architect: AART
Status: Under development
Photo Credit: AART & Eve Images

With the scenic fjord in mind, The Paper House has been shaped to offer the best possible views of the surrounding areas from all the flats, while at the same time, creating retracted glass facades that shield the homes from unwanted exposure.

The Paper House Scandinavian architecture firm AART

With its paper-like architecture, the mixed-use building not only pays homage to the papermaking history of the area. It has also been shaped and folded to take full advantage of the daylight and view of the deep-blue fjord surrounding the district.

The bright façades with their sharp lines evoke images of the folds and origami of paper. The result is an almost paper-thin architecture. Together with the retracted glass facade, this gives the house a light and floating expression, where the protruding floor and flat separations give each home an individual identity and the whole house an expressive identity without a clear direction or back.

The Paper House Scandinavian architecture firm AART

The Paper House will have 34 flats ranging from 46-119 sqm and are distributed on the six upper floors, while the ground floor will have cafés and shops. On the upper levels, private balconies and a shared roof garden with a greenhouse, kitchen garden, and lounge area will create a sense of community.

The building has been designed to meet the sustainable BREEAM standard ‘very good’.