We've featured the work of Elding Oscarson before, and just like his mind-bending No Picnic renovation, this bright white townhouse is a piece of architecture that challenges its surroundings. At obvious odds with its stoic Landskrona neighbors in Sweden, the home stands out like a sore thumb and makes a definite mark on its otherwise sleepy neighborhood. Despite having only 125 square meters to work with, the designer was able to satisfy the homeowners' request for plenty of wall space on which to hang their art by building vertically, while natural lighting and insulated glass serve to reduce the building's energy consumption.
Although the home looks tiny from the outside, Elding Oscarson gave it three storeys crested by a pleasant rooftop courtyard. Rather than blocking out the urban realm beyond the townhouse, a somewhat transparent mesh provides a certain continuity with it, as well as plenty of natural lighting. The windows are comprised of high-performance insulated glass that ensures the building’s modest carbon footprint. Inherently different from the historical buildings on either side of it, the townhouse, which was completed in 2009, definitely stands out. While that might not thrill the stoic Swedes, we think sustainability needs all the attention it can get.
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