For those wishing for an escape from the wired world, feast your eyes on this cluster of off-grid seaside cabins. Stockholm-based Margen Wigow Arkitektkontor designed five blackened timber holiday structures on the shores of a remote island in the Stockholm archipelago. Commissioned by a client who wanted to “live a simple life close to nature,” these green-roofed huts serve as a cozy retreat that references the traditional island vernacular and boasts stunning views of the Baltic Sea.
To minimize its appearance on the landscape, the house is split into five smaller structures inspired by the form of the traditional Swedish fishing hut and set around a protected bay. The five structures include: a main house located on the highest part of the site; a guest suite; a sauna; a boathouse; and a garden shed. Each mono-pitched cabin is clad in black-painted pine and topped with a sedum roof to make the buildings recede even further into the background. Floor-to-ceiling windows and other large glazed openings open the buildings up to views of the water and rocky landscape.
In contrast to the black facade, the interiors are covered with naturally finished pine floors and plywood walls. The remote location and the island’s lack of electricity and water supply meant that the construction crew had to live on the island and equipment and supplies were transported by helicopter. The off-grid dwellings are heated by soapstone fireplaces and lit with kerosene lamps at night.
Images via Margen Wigow Arkitektkontor