Manshausen Island Resort

Lead DesignerSnorre Stinessen
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Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories
Entry Description

Manshausen Island is situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Northern Norway.
The resort was planned and laid out in consideraton of the Island´s topography and the main existing structure – the old stone quays.
The cabins are all but one placed on the stonequays, partially cantilivered above the sea, one placed on a natural shelf on the rocky formations above . The positioning and orientation of all the cabins is based on the consideration of their individual panoramic views and privacy for the guests.
The cabins are designed to offer their guests shelter and comfort while at the same time underlining the dramatic experience of the elements outside; the sea, landscape, changing lights, weather and different seasons. Above all the cabins endeavour to fulfill the functional requirements of the guests, with with ample space for luggage and clothing/equipment, a comfortable bathroom and a kitchen/dining area.


At Stinessen we develop projects that are conscious of our surroundings and the people inhabiting the spaces we create. Interest, respect and curiosity are keywords to our processes.

We provide a full range of services from architecture to interior and furniture design. Our projects and products are tailor made and we seek close interaction and deliver a dedicated service to our clients.

Awards and Prize

German Design Award
WAN Commercial Award
Iconic Awards winner: Best of Best in Architecture
Shortlisted LEAF Awards
Nominated WIN Hotels Award
Biennale di Venezia 2016: Part of Nordic pavilion
A+ Award winner: Hotels & Resorts
A+ Award winner: Architecture + Glass
A+ Award winner: Architecture + Cantilever (j)
A+ Award winner: Architecture + Cantilever (p)
A+ Award Special Mention: Residential – private house
Wallpaper Design Award: Best Retreat
Nominated for WAN Small Spaces Award
American Architecture Prize winner: Architecture – Hospitality
American Architecture Prize winner: Interior Design – Hospitality
A´ Design Award Winner: Platinum (1st Place)
International Design Awards Architecture of Year Winner: Architecture
International Design Awards Gold Winner: Architecture – New Commercial Building
International Design Awards Gold Winner: Architecture – Conceptual
International Design Awards Gold Winner: Architecture – Other Architectural Designs
Architecture Awards – Corporate LiveWire: Architecture Firm of the Year 2017
Interior Design Best of Year Winner
German Design Award Winner - Retail Architecture
American Architecture Prize Winner – Hospitality Architecture
European Property Award Winner