The building’s organic shape is designed to follow the “form and mechanics of the human body” – by working with double-curved surfaces, Ottesjö gave the Hus.Ett house a changing shape and sheen when viewed from different angles.
The interior features a few gadgets, clean surfaces, and built-in furniture, including a bed. Ottesjö however made a conscious effort to keep things minimal, not because of the space, but because he believes that humans need very little to get by. The entire room is optimized so that the compact volume feels much more spacious than it actually is. The design has the added benefit of reducing the home’s carbon footprint by forgoing the need to draw in additional resources to comfortably furnish the space.
Built from local, on site ash, pine, spruce, and aspen, the building is an economical construction that is easy to produce, process and manage. Wood was selected as the primary material due to its natural properties, which include durability, biodegradability and the beautiful quality it reveals as it ages.
The house is also very stable despite its light construction, which is formed by bending wood and applying dry wood glue. The walls and roof are layered with biodegradable cellulose-reinforced cardboard that is both water and windproof. Other materials used include natural fiber canvas (wood fibers), and for insulation, a mass out of recycled paper and salt (known as ‘ecofiber’ and quite common in Sweden). The structure as a whole rests on a steel construction that is anchored in the bedrock by a number of spikes/pegs, limiting the contact between the house and the ground. The total surface of the area where the construction and the bedrock are in contact is approximately one square decimeter.