Swedish architecture firm Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor hid an elegant holiday retreat high above the forested slopes of a rocky Swedish island. Elevated on stilts, the raised cabin is minimalist and modern in design to reduce visual and physical impact on the landscape. The timber-framed structure offers unobstructed views of the surroundings and its open layout with mostly glazed walls allow natural light to pour into the interior.
Built for a family of five, the gabled cabin is perched on the rugged island of Viggsö off the eastern coast of Sweden. Wooden stilts elevate the structure into the tree canopy, helping to obscure the building from view while allowing for panoramic seaside vistas. A tight budget and the remote location also necessitated a restrained and minimal design with materials that could be transported to the island.
A pitched white corrugated metal roof with a translucent corrugated plastic extension tops the building, which is built from untreated and exposed light-colored timber. Glazing wraps around the building to let in light and views. The ground floor comprises a 40-square-meter space with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and a double-height living room that opens up to a 20-square-meter outdoor terrace. A 20-square-meter loft is located on the upper floor.
Images by Mikael Olsson