On the west coast of Sweden sit these luxurious leaf-inspired houses, located on a breathtaking strip of land. The original idea came from Torsten Ottesjö, who began re-imagining the landscape to construct a new vision of the scandinavian fjords, opening them up as grassland so that cattle could graze freely. Working with Christian Strömqvist and David Relan, Ottesjö designed Kloster, a luxury space that incorporated windows that can play with perspective in order to make full use of its surrounding natural environment.
The two constructions are built above a sloping area that leads to a private beach and dock. Their structures are designed to reflect the shape of a curling leaf, and welcome light within them throughout the day. They consist of a single surface that extends upwards above itself as an extension of a floor into a building.
The designers aimed for the space to be a site of inspiration, that can be used for conferences and meeting areas. They say they aim to be “an opportunity for connected living” in which people can meet for residencies and summer gatherings. It certainly looks like an inspiring project to draw visitors to the natural beauty of Scandinavia.
Images courtesy of Torsten Ottesjö