It was a challenge to transport the materials to the construction site.
For many cabin owners, time comes when the space becomes too small and the old cabin needs an extension. Others, however, choose to replace the old cabin and give the new time their rightful place. The Swedish architect Martin Videgård and his family owned a summerhouse in the middle of Saltkråkan, far out in the Stockholm archipelago.
– The property has been in the family’s ownership for many years and the original buildings consisted of a boathouse and a small guesthouse, he explains to clicks. no. Videgård operates the Tham & Videgård architectural office in Stockholm.
But when the family grew, the need for greater space also came. The solution became a house that gave room for a family of five people.
The living rooms are located on the ground floor, while the second floor contains the bedrooms.
Shaped by the light and the surroundings
This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia
The new summerhouse grew out of the qualities and peculiarities of the place.
The lighting conditions, the sea view and the flat and slippery mountains were some of the things that formed the starting point for the project, explains Videgård.
A relatively low budget also helped shape the summerhouse, partly with regard to the design. Lining was used in the load bearing structure, while the plywood panels clad the walls.
In the ceiling on the ground floor, the plywood slabs are shaped in concave arcs to create light and shadow effects and to give the entire volume a direction.
In Stockholm’s outermost archipelago it is hard-tempered. It created the premises for the choice of outerwear. It must be maintenance free.
– We chose metal plates throughout the building, also because it gives the house a whole and emphasizes its compact shape, explains Videgård.
By using local craftsmen who live on the islands, they ensured that the climate challenges were taken care of in the best possible way.
Ship Over Water
In addition to the climatic conditions, logistics also offered challenges. With its outermost location in Stockholm’s archipelago, all transportation had to take place over the sea.
No, then the house does not fall
And it’s not about materials that can be shipped in a landing boat. Large glue constructions and window façades had to be handled in a special way.
– We had to use loaders to transport the construction to the island, says Videgård.
The original houses that stood on the property were black. And so was the color of the new house as well. In many ways an untraditional color of a cabin, but it was not just about tradition and history. It was also a conscious choice in relation to the surroundings
– The house stands on a pine in the pine forest and the black color glides well between the tribes and the forest’s shadows, expands Videgård.
The architect had to accommodate 17. 000 books and one grand piano
And there is no strange thing about the cottage, although the construction has a clear profile to the surroundings. For the compact form, the cottage defines uniquely and makes it an element in the surroundings, rather than a foreign element.
Large light emitting
Large sliding door surfaces emit light throughout the cottage’s first floor, which contains a large living area.
In addition, the kitchen and bathroom, together with the stairs up to the second floor are located in a delimited square area. It provides a distinct organization of the entire base and opens the first floor to the light flowing from all sides.
And with the use of light plywood slabs on the walls, a light expression is formed that enhances the house’s summer character.
Snowy roof had a brilliant idea to get light into the old boathouse
The private sphere in second floor
While the first floor is dedicated to existence in all its social hospitality and openness, the second floor appears more closed and private.
Here is the family bedroom. The parents have their own separate rooms, while the three children sleep in a row and row in an open bed solution.
In the second floor, the children also have their living room.
– Here the children can retreat to their universe if they feel like it, says Videgård, who is very pleased with how the cottage was. The use of local artisans who knew both the climatic challenges but who also had knowledge of following his instructions became a success.
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