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You will be surprised at how the inside looks

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Building a summer cabin is about establishing an imperceptible distinction between inside and out. It’s about allowing nature to move through the cabin and get unchanged on the other side. In other words let nature form the cottage.

Architect Anders Martin-Löf did it with his summer house in the Stockholm archipelago.

– Looking at the house from above, it appears that it has been stuck between two pine trees, says Martin-Löf.

He designed the house as a supplement to two other buildings already on the property, which has been in the family’s ownership since the 1950s.

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You will be surprised at how the inside looks

RIGHT OUT: Here you can swim right out into the trunks. Almost. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

You will be surprised at how the inside looks

Infinity: The cabin owner wanted to shape an infinity by letting the water in the pool almost tip over the edge. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

Life Project

Martin-Löf says that he started drawing at the cottage already as a child.

– And then I did one thing every summer for a while, but when my mother died in 2009 and I inherited a part of the property, I then grabbed the idea again.

Between 2011 and 2015, he therefore worked in more detail with the project, and for the last fifty years, he used to build the cabin.

Materials were chosen to be carried forward

It can not be driven to the cottage, so the materials and building components had to be chosen so that they could be carried to the building site.

For this reason, it was chosen, among other things, to choose single doors instead of large sliding doors, which had to be lifted by helicopter, explains Martin-Löf.

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You will be surprised at how the inside looks

LIFE: The use of plywood provides games in the walls, and it was also the purpose of the cabin owner. Here from the kitchen and the dining area. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

You will be surprised at how the inside looks

LYSSPILL: In addition to the life the plywood creates, the light flows through large windows and creates shadow games on the walls. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

Chinese lines

The property’s oldest building is from 1917; a lookout tower with Chinese character traits. This captured Martin-Löf in the new building. He would also pull the lines back to the second building on the property, a house from the 1960s.

Both buildings were a great inspiration for me when I designed the new house. I picked up the roof deck from the 60’s house, while the sides of the concrete platform, on which the entire building rests, has got a five degree slope because it takes up the sloping walls of the lookout tower that has a pagoda shape.

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You will be surprised at how the inside looks

CLEAR LINES: The simple use of wood and the spartan decor forms an appealing aesthetic. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

You will be surprised at how the inside looks

Stillness: The clean lines and wood create a good harmony in the bedroom. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

Painted exterior walls responded

The cabin is dressed in plywood both inside and outside. Inside, the walls are untreated, while the exterior walls are black painted. This too because Martin-Löf wanted to tie the lines back to the buildings that were already on the property.

– Previously, my grandmother’s house was painted with black tar paint. In addition, the black surface makes the cabin slip better into the surroundings, he expands.

– And maybe we’ll paint my grandmother’s house in black again.

The untreated walls inside will make him gray over time.

– And then we’ll see who’s the fire fastest, me or the walls, “he said jokingly, adding that the walls are completely untouched.

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You will be surprised at how the inside looks

SELVBYGGET: The kitchen is space-built. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

You will be surprised at how the inside looks

TRAPPELYS: Light is set in the stairs. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

The smell of wood

Martin-Löf is daily surrounded by white and gray painted plaster and brick walls, at home and at work. However, he would like it differently in the cottage.

– I chose wood as a building material because I wanted to establish a relationship with the pine trees surrounding the house. And then the furnace materials give a good smell.

Light under the stairs

The cottage is located above the fjord arm Torsbyfjärden, which is the main route for the boats going to Finland. And many of these ships are passenger boats that are well lit.. This will Martin-Löf capture.

Many of these vessels are well-equipped with lights in restaurants and bars, and I would like to mirror in the cottage, but in a clean, clean and hidden way.

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You will be surprised at how the inside looks

GREAT WINDOWS: Large windows have been used throughout the cabin, and it provides a strong interaction with nature around. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

You will be surprised at how the inside looks

MARMOR: The bathroom is furthest into the cabin, almost like a cave and this wanted cottage owner to emphasize using black marble. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

Contrasts in the material usage

The bathroom appears as a contrast to the bright wood interior. Martin-Löf has used black marble of the type Nero Marquina. This he has done because the bathroom has a cavity-like location and he would emphasize this location in the material use.

– And then I’ve built almost everything in my career in plasterboard, so in the cottage was plasterboard forbidden. Therefore, I used black marble in the bathroom ceiling.

The materials used in the cottage are all characterized by contrasts, from the rough veneer slabs on the walls of the refined marble bathroom in the bathroom, as well as a pronounced use of brass light fixtures.

– I had decided that all visible lighting should be in brass, “explains Martin-Löf.

– And then I thought the patterns in the veneer plates played so well with the patterns in the black marble. You can say that two worlds met in an almost identical pattern; high and low, expensive and cheap, wood and stone.

In the kitchen he has used matte carraramarmor, which is one of the most famous marble types, used to clothe the opera house in Bjørvika with.

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You will be surprised at how the inside looks

HOUSE DOOR: A chalet with the entire lower floor of concrete also needs a door that builds on the mighty impression. Photo: Åke E: son Lindman

A rewarding project

Martin-Löf thought he had to indulge in a swimming pool, and he would try to provide a visual connection to the sea below.

– I thought it would be fun to get this connection and create a form of infinity, and I find that I’ve got it by using stainless steel on the edge around the pool.

The project has at all been a pleasure for him to build the cottage, and far more rewarding than initially assumed.

– It’s great to spend time in the house as it’s done and the attention around the project has been great. We have actually got more assignments to build more dream cabins.

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