This modest pared-down home encapsulates the numerous and considerate method of Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune. Internationally renowned, the multidisciplinary office environment has labored on all the things from resorts to galleries, as perfectly as generating a portfolio of refined furniture and merchandise structure for the likes of Arflex, Asplund, Boffi, Cappellini, Fontana Arte, and Muuto, amongst numerous other folks.
Simonsson House: a pared-down dwelling in northern Sweden
Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune started as architects, and it’s smaller jobs like this, the Simonsson House, that greatest showcase the award-profitable firm’s ethos. The Simonsson House is a research in restraint, not just in conditions of the uncomplicated, stripped-back types, but also in response to rigorous planning tips and the severe weather of the locale.
The home is situated in Boden, a city in the far north of Sweden, just 50km south of the Arctic Circle. Set on the edge of city, searching across the shallow valley formed by the broad Lule River, the house ticks all the bins demanded by regional creating rules.
These consist of a necessity for a highest creating top (4.2m) and a purple-tiled roof in order to in shape in with the vernacular tradition of the location. The peak restriction made it tough to have two storeys, so the architects went for a mono-pitch layout, relegating secondary bedrooms to the floor floor and inserting the residing space and major bedroom on the initially flooring, alongside one another with a sauna and a roof terrace overlooking the river.
The latter factors are housed in a smaller sized, secondary volume and sit above the garage and utility room. Just about every trapezoid-shaped component faces in a distinctive direction, so that the twin mono-pitch roofs build a placing silhouette.
In addition to 3 bedrooms, the ground flooring also houses the kitchen/diner, together with a utility space that doubles up as a boot space – a essential area in a location of climactic extremes.
At the coronary heart of the system is a monumental timber staircase, meticulously crafted with vertical balustrades that reach up to the timber-clad sloping ceiling and double up as the balustrade for the leading-floor living room.
This is a generous house, off which one particular accesses the sauna and roof terrace, with a mounting roofline and large windows seeking across the Lule River. The main bed room is also accessed off this living house, with a massive walk-in wardrobe tucked beneath the slope of the roof and its have individual bathroom.
The architects chose to paint the whole framework red, with the vertical picket cladding interspersed with a meticulously thought of arrangement of windows, making an abstract composition of squares and rectangles. The 220 sq m residence was nominated for the Rödfärg Prize in 2022, named for the Falu Rödfärg paint color that is so central to the Nordic architectural aesthetic.
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