PAN-cabins by Espen Surnevik
Pan cabins are made with a primary intention of investigating the possibilities of using steel, and metal, in different ways. The cabins primary structure is made of welded and bolted steel-elements. Besides the obvious elements, steel is also used for several interior elements and details which also could have been built in other materials as for instance wood. It has been a wish to use steel as kind of language to give an overall expression of technology in contrast to the forests that the cabins are situated in.
The relation between nature and technology is also described in the cabins in the contrast between the extremely precise metallic parts and the wooden pine interiors. Wood is the ancient way of building traditional Norwegian Architecture, wail the industrial metal represents the modern age. I find this duality interesting as a paradox which links the project both to the past and to the future.
The main steel structure, carrying the cabins, have a complex anchoring to the bedrock underneath. Long steel bars are drilled and fixed six meters down into the bedrock underneath. This is a must for the structure in order to prevent the cabins to blow over in strong winds.
The project uses the fantastic possibility of the strength in steel. An example is the staircase here 1.5mm steel plates are perforated into a very light and strong diagonal mesh. The perforated plates form a complete cylinder covering the complete stair. The cylinder becomes a pipe-structure which stabilises the whole stair as a separate, and self-supporting construction. In this way the stair is not leaning on the cottage but are carrying itself.
I will thank my devoted Client and all collaborating engineers and craftsmen that have been working together with me on realizing this project.