Inside the magical Norwegian cabin that looks like it's been lost in a snowstorm

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The striking slanted roofs of Cabin Vindheim serve as slopes for skiing, sledding and other snow-based activities - All rights reserved by photographer

Tucked away in a remote forest in Lillehammer, a town in the south of Norway, this solitary lodge is half evil lair, half magical retreat.

Inspired by snow-covered cabins that have just their rooftops peeking out from their surroundings, this unique structure has been designed to create an optical illusion where “the division between architecture and nature becomes blurred”, Vardehaugen, the Oslo-based architectural firm behind the design, describes.

Its striking slanted roofs form an uninterrupted ceiling that connects all of the cabin’s rooms, while creating a spatially rich and generous interior. They also serve as slopes for skiing, sledding and other snow-based activities.  

Its exterior, clad in black-stained ore pine, offers a nice contrast to the lighter feel of its interior made of waxed poplar veneer Credit: Rasmus Norlander

Spanning 55 square metres, the cosy hideaway has a minimalist and lofty feel, offering a living room and bedroom with a 4m-long window which allows users to feel like they're sleeping above the treetops or under the stars, in addition to several skylights that allow plenty of natural light throughout its modern interior.

There are several skylights that allow plenty of natural light in the space Credit: Rasmus Norlander

The cabin also comes with a “ski preparation room”, a small sauna and a small annex with a utility room.

The 4m-long window of its main bedroom evokes the feeling of sleeping above the rooftops Credit: Rasmus Norlander

Its exterior is clad in black-stained ore pine, inspired by the facades of classic Norwegian mountain lodges “which are covered in dark wood, making them seem both solid and grounded,” Håkon Matre Aasarød (the leading architect behind the design) told Dwell, and offers a nice contrast to the lighter feel of its waxed poplar veneer interior. 

The minimalist interior of Cabin Vindheim Credit: Rasmus Norlander

Running entirely on solar power and a wood oven, Cabin Vindheim was designed exclusively for a Norwegian couple with a love for architectural design as well as skiing and hiking.

The property is run entirely on solar power and a wood oven Credit: Rasmus Norlander

While this snowy retreat is not available for booking, it’s sure to be a pleasant surprise for hikers and other passers-by.