Although coastal dwellings often boast spectacular views, they’re also more vulnerable to the elements and rising sea levels. Swedish architecture firm Johan Sundberg Arkitektur skillfully mitigates those tradeoffs in the Villa Ladybird, a seasonal home that frames panoramic views of the sea in the Swedish town of Beddingestrand. The architects placed the summerhouse on an elevated shoreline to protect it from rising water levels and wrapped the structure in aluminum glazing that’s treated to better withstand corrosive winds.
Beddingestrand is surrounded by beautiful views of the sea, sand, and forest; however, the coastal town suffers bitterly cold winds in the winter and sultry summers. To shield Villa Ladybird from the biting winter winds, Johan Sundberg Arkitektur kinked the building shape to create a south-facing angled form that also offers greater privacy. The east wing of the house comprises the bedrooms, while the western half contains an open-plan layout with the communal areas. The walls along the home’s inner angle are covered with floor-to-ceiling glazing to take in panoramic views over the sea and surrounding nature.
Planed Siberlan larch paneling and graphite-colored metalwork clads the exterior of the Villa Ladybird. The structure comprises a wooden frame and steel beams, and is set on a concrete slab foundation wrapped by a painted expanded clay aggregate wall. The flat roof is made up of profiled and insulated metal sheets.
Images via Johan Sundberg Arkitektur, © Kasper Dudzik