Scandinavian island architecture is typically dominated by wooden cottages and cabins, but Stockholm-based architecture firm Tham & Videgård opted to go a different route with their designs for the modern metal-clad House Husarö. Located on an island in an outer Stockholm archipelago, this contemporary home was built to accommodate the client’s growing family. Surrounded by tall pines, the light-filled house is placed high on the landscape to overlook views of the sea.
Working within the constraints of a modest budget, Tham & Videgård decided to use tectonic rationality, an approach that minimized ground disturbance on the flat and smooth bedrock. The pitched-roof house is clad in folded black sheet metal of varying widths. Large glazed sliding doors located on three sides of the building open out to views of the landscape and natural light. All construction and finishes, included the hardwood frames around the glass doors, are made from wood.
Inside, the house is divided into two levels: a communal open-plan area with the living room and kitchen on the ground floor and the more private upper level comprising the bedrooms and a playroom. In contrast to the dark metal facade, the interior is lined with light-colored wood. Plywood sheets are bent to create an interesting vaulted effect on the ceiling of the ground floor. On the upper floor, a skylight runs along the ridge of the roof to allow more natural light to fill the space and to emphasize verticality in the bedrooms.
Images via Tham & Videgård, © Åke E:son Lindman