The owners expressed their wishes for a house that would blend in to its setting and its surrounding nature, built with sustaining materials that age beautifully with time and through the sometimes harsh weather conditions.
The guidelines that were given to me as an architect also included working with elaborate detailing within a simplistic composition – to design a modern building based on a traditional Swedish island house.
I chose to use Kebony as a facade material which will turn grey naturally with time, sleight in all stonework that blends with the natural stone on site and pre-oxidized copper in all specific detailing. The colour fluctuation of the copper corresponds beautifully to that of the tree trunks of the pine trees that dominate the island.
The copper detailing is being used around and in-between windows and bay windows, linking the two versions of window design. The decorative facade detailing emphasizes the horizontality of the building facing the more intimate outdoor space, towards the rare cluster of oak trees below the hill. It is used on all roofs and their detailing. It is also used to hide the traditionally designed gutters to form a frame as a lining around each façade, which gives the house its specific character and accentuates its distinct simplistic form. These built-in gutters also hide the sliding system for the shutters that function to close up the house and protect the glass partitions when needed.