Swedish firm Johan Sundberg Arkitektur captured the essence of rugged simplicity in this contemporary glass-and-timber home. Surrounded by a swath of forest near Sweden's southernmost coast, the Sommarhus Akenine is a summertime retreat that opens up to the salty breezes of the Baltic Sea. The structure is elevated atop three long concrete beams that minimize its impact on the hilly landscape and make the building appear to hover above the forest floor.
The Sommarhus Akenine facade is clad in strips of Siberian larch that have been planed and treated for a smoother and more uniform appearance. The elevated terrace floor wraps around the structure to create a porch that’s partially protected from the elements by the roof overhang. Generous floor-to-ceiling glazing on the south side opens the interior up to views of the Baltic Sea, while smaller glazing strips on the shaded northern side face the forest.
The home’s long rectangular floor plan sandwiches the main living spaces between the children bedrooms to the west and the guest room and master bedroom to the east. Although the interior features a more vibrant multicolored palette than the monochromatic facade, it was also designed with a minimalist aesthetic. Light-colored timber floors and whitewashed walls create a clean impression indoors.
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