The island of Dalarö, within the Stockholm archipelago, has lengthy been related to escape. Its picturesque streets are dotted with the vacation properties of well-heeled Stockholm residents, and its prevailing historic structure even features a one-time retreat of Swedish author and painter Johan August Strindberg. Shut by, a brand new, up to date structure story unfolds: welcome to Dalarö Home, the newest residential venture by Seattle- and New York-based structure studio Olson Kundig, and the apply’s first completion in Sweden.
Conceived as a summer season retreat for an American couple who journey continuously to Sweden, Dalarö Home sits on sloped terrain, strategically positioned to behave as a viewpoint to nature. It attracts on its place, up to date but crafted to attach with the land, docks and water past. ‘The positioning had a number of uncovered stone, and we needed the house to really feel nestled into it and quiet to the encircling panorama,’ says Tom Kundig, co-founder and the principal in command of this specific venture. ‘The close by Strindberg cottage is understood and valued locally, and was saved and restored as a visitor home [by the clients, who own it], so the brand new dwelling wanted to be in dialogue with that historic construction. The normal purple color of the cottage, referred to as falun purple, is used throughout this area, and we additionally used that color on the dwelling’s entry to assist tie the 2 buildings collectively.
Dalarö Home by Olson Kundig
Because of this, the home’s entrance echoes the native vernacular, connecting it with the area’s fashion and historical past, and performing as a transition between the normal Dalarö context and the Twenty first-century dwelling. Past the doorway lies the primary residing area, comprising a lounge, kitchen and eating space, with glazed partitions and clerestory home windows effortlessly bringing mushy gentle and the skin in. The shoppers had particularly requested for an area that would accommodate each entertaining and quiet contemplation, and the place inside and out of doors life might mix organically. Having seen a previous Olson Kundig venture, The Pierre on Washington’s San Juan Islands – which, like Dalarö Home, nestles inside current rocks on the location – they knew the studio was the best candidate to translate their imaginative and prescient. ‘A driving agenda in my work
is to uncover what makes a spot uniquely itself, and the way structure can reveal one thing about that reality,’ Kundig stresses.
The house shows Olson Kundig’s skilled steadiness of textured rawness and heat polish, bringing collectively uncovered concrete, oak flooring, and bespoke metalwork and joinery. Because the villa was for use primarily as a vacation dwelling, the architects adjusted their materials and color strategy accordingly. ‘The home was supposed to be used primarily in summer season, so we moved away from the lighter palettes which are conventional to Scandinavian structure, and as an alternative used darker supplies to create
a refuge from the sunshine,’ explains Kundig.
The residing space is flanked by two smaller wings containing bedrooms and loos – two units in complete. These additionally divulge heart’s contents to the water by way of floor-to-ceiling home windows, and the whole lot comes collectively to craft the impression of residing in a ‘weathered seaside home’. Cautious development and detailing have been essential in attaining this, as have been the interiors, created by native studio Liljencrantz. ‘They have been wonderful companions and introduced a number of creativity to the venture,’ says Kundig, who additionally labored carefully with the native architect and contractor, ‘who have been instrumental within the venture’s supply’.
‘The defining characteristic of this house is its relationship to the bigger, pure panorama. We needed to take care of that sensitivity to this particular place and create a house that
is quiet and deferential to the context,’ concludes Kundig. ‘A serious characteristic of the structure is a thick concrete wall that extends open air on two sides. It integrates fireplaces, each inside and out of doors, in addition to an outside bathe. Inside, it additionally acts as a separator between the entertaining areas and the extra personal areas.’ Pine siding in a standard Scandinavian end and a inexperienced roof full the house’s masterful immersion in its locale.
A model of this story seems within the July 2023 situation of Wallpaper*, accessible now in print, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple Information +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* in the present day