October 24

Troll Hus: A California Chalet Built for the Snow

first_imgWhen you want to build a house in an area that averages over 200 inches of snow each winter, you’ll need to get a little creative. Add to that the complication of housing three generations of one family, including all of their ski gear, and you have a pretty difficult project on your hands. But architectural firm Mork-Ulnes Architects was up for the task — and what they came up with is truly special: Troll Hus, an Alpine chalet style vacation home, inspired by Nordic mythology and set in the Northern California mountain town of Norden. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now This A-Frame-Inspired Cabin Offers Shelter from the Harsh Patagonian Elements The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now 1 of 5 Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara As for dealing with the sixteen feet of snow the region gets each winter, Mork-Ulnes had a clever solution. The home sits on concrete pillars that allow snow to accumulate underneath, essentially turning the chalet into a ski-in/ski-out during winter months. The building is also orientated to protect against strong winds with the living spaces on the southern side of the home to maximize exposure to the sun. There is also a massive covered porch to allow the family to take advantage of those (short) summer days.Inside, the home is part Scandinavian simplicity, part relaxed California vibes. Blonde wood was used on the floors, ceiling, and kitchen cabinetry creating a bright and welcoming space – a sharp contrast from the home’s dark exterior. Sliding glass walls surround the dining room, allowing the space to become open to the air on warmer days.Let this stylishly thematic home inspire you on your next remodeling adventure. Previous 5 of the Best Arcade Bars in America Editors’ Recommendations Next Architect Casper Mork-Ulnes was uniquely qualified to take on this project. Norwegian born, Mork-Ulnes lived in several countries before settling in the US. Drawing inspiration from his Norwegian heritage as well as style influences from his time in California, Troll Hus is a look into the past that resulted in a thoroughly modern design.As the name suggests, the big inspiration for Troll Hus is the Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore tales of trolls living in foreboding forests in the mountains. The dark exterior of the home is a reflection of this idea – everyone knows that trolls like caves and other hidden dwellings. Using this as the jumping off point, the team at Mork-Ulnes decided to wrap the exterior in timber that was then covered with black tar. A traditional, 1,000-years-old Norwegian building technique, this finish is perfect for the California elements: it’s an insect repellent, is water resistant, and it absorbs solar heat, which helps to regulate the temperature inside. Previous 1 of 5 Next last_img read more

October 12

Marrakech International Film Festival to Honor two American Film Stars

Fez – Two American film celebrities, Bill Murray and Willem Dafoe, and Moroccan cinematographer, Kamal Derkaoui, are among those to be honored at the 15th Annual Marrakech International Film Festival to be held December 4-12. Others include Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook and Indian film star Madhuri Dixit.Bill Murray is a comedian actor and director who has played important roles in successful comedy films. He is famous for his sober and moving performance in “Lost in Translation” by Sophia Coppola, which left an indelible impression on cinema lovers. The iconic figure of American cinema recently shot ‘’Rock the Kasbah” in Morocco.The Festival will also pay tribute to American actor Willem Dafoe who has played in more than 80 films including “The Last Temptation of Christ,” also filmed in southern Morocco, and ‘’Spider Man 2″ in which he played the Green Goblin. Dafoe was nominated for Academy Award Best Supporting Actor in Platoon (1986) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000). The Festival will also celebrate Park Chan-Wook, a film-maker, director, screenwriter and producer who received the Cannes Grand Prix in 2004 for “Old Boy.” He is also the author of “Stoker,” a film released in 2013.The Festival will also honor Madhuri Dixit, an Indian dancer and actor who is a key figure in Indian cinema. Dixit is a national hero in her country for her role in “Devdas” which met with great success internationally.Morocco will be represented by cinematographer Kamal Derkaoui. Derkaoui was born in Poland and trained at the National Film Institute of the Russian Federation (VGIK). He lives in Canada, but is best known for his talent in Morocco.Derkaoui was nominated for Best Cinematography for the CSC Awards (Canadian Society of Cinematographers) in 2005, awarded for Best Cinematography at the Casablanca international film festival in November 1998 for Saad Chraibi’s feature film, “Femme et femmes,” and received the award for Best Cinematography at the International Film Festival in Athens, Greece, in 2000 for Nordine Lakhmari’s Moroccan-Norwegian film, “Le dernier spectacle.” read more