Experience Elevated Living: Snøhetta Unveils Stunning Suspended Treetop Home in Norway

Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, in collaboration with engineer Tor Helge Dokka, has created House Dokka, a 190-sq-m off-grid residence in Kongsberg, Norway. Inspired by treehouse architecture, it is suspended over the landscape on wooden columns anchored into the rock, minimizing environmental impact.

Constructed with locally produced cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (GLT), the house can be deconstructed with minimal climate costs. Notably, no nails were used, facilitating future material sorting and recycling.


Commitment to sustainability is evident with photovoltaic panels, superior insulation, and a waterborne heat system linked to a ground source heat pump. The house is designed to produce more energy than it consumes within a decade, supplying 75% of energy needed for the family’s electric car.

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Clad in black-stained timber paneling, the interior boasts warm timber paneling, polished concrete flooring, and large black-framed windows maximizing surrounding views.


Spanning two levels, the upper section includes an open-plan living area, modern kitchen, hidden bathroom, master bedroom, and timber terrace. The lower level houses two bedrooms, a lounge, home office, guest suite, laundry space, and a central shared bathroom.

Recognized for its architectural significance, House Dokka, also known as Column House, received the 2023 Architecture Prize from the Kongsberg municipality. The jury praised it as “one of the most important contributions to the region’s architecture in many years.”



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