The Polite House is a minimalist home located in Trondheim, Norway, designed by JVA. Situated in the residential area of Havstein, this compact single family house is overlooking the fjord and city of Trondheim. The house has a modest and abstract formal character in a neighborhood with various density and architectural expressions. Regulated minimal distance to adjacent road is maintained by the shifting geometrical shape of the house. The shift also obtains a significant view for a neighbour up the hill. These two obstructions – road and neighbour – gave the house its characteristic form.