Späckhuggaren is a solitary object in the landscape. An unconventional geometry in a traditional colour, its design is sprung from the location and its history, a peculiar translation of the genius loci.

The house is built for a single father of two with great interests in music, sailing and nature. The plot is located half an hour north of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast at the edge of a vast farmland.

Historically, a warehouse housing a rural shop stood on the site. The warehouse burnt down four generations ago and was never rebuilt, but the story together with similar vernacular buildings in the vicinity influenced the new house. The resulting design is a simple, warehouse inspired volume with a distinct motif of frames in the facade and large barn doors covering the large windows facing west, all painted in traditional Swedish Falu-Red colour.

The client wanted an open and social two-story house. He asked for a house that could blend in and become a part of the site and its surroundings but still had a spatial richness of its own.

The main conceptual idea of the design is to create an ‘open section’; like an open plan in three dimensions. The varying height of rooms and levels, the openness between floors and the elaborate path of the stairs allows spaces of the house to intertwine.

TypologyPrivate Housing
Size134 sqm
TeamAndreas Lyckefors, Per Bornstein, Johan Olsson, Caroline Jokiniemi, Viktor Stansvik, Monica Warwick, Ainhoa Etxeberria
LocationKärna, Sweden
PhotographyMikael Olsson

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