This is a new family home built on an existing farm outside the centre of Trondheim. The site is on the edge of a plateau of clay, facing the farmyard and two existing ash trees. The main form of the new house reflects the typology of the existing farm, but the new house extends down to include a rental unit on the lower ground floor.
Ground and first floor are divided by a thermal concrete block wall, covered in clay render using clay from the site. The wall has an actively heated zone with heat pump heating to one side, but only passive heating of the side facing the yard. Natural convection driven ventilation distributes the active heat to other zones.