Swedish Town House

24 Aug 2010

You don't always have to own a big house to create a spacious feeling. It is always fascinating to see how architects are able to create something really cool with limited space. Just like designers, they are also problem solvers and have to work within boundaries. The house in this post is built on a 75 square meter small site.

Swedish Town House by Elding Oscarson

A 75 meter small site isn't a lot to play with, and the site is narrow too. Swedish architect firm Elding Oscarson solved these problems beautifully. This town house is found in Landskrona, Sweden. I love the layering of modern and traditional architecture. The new house respects the old by not copying it or getting in the way of it. Old and new can coexist. It takes clarity to achieve that. The town house has three thin slabs that are projected into the open volume, softly dividing its functions. The continuous interior space is opening up to the street, to an intimate garden, and to the sky. I've asked Jonas Elding two questions about it:

Was it easy to get a permit for this project? Because the house is so different from what is there already.

It was not so difficult to get a permit, because the city architect was very open minded and devoted to his work, and really tried to understand what we were trying to do.

What where the main criteria that had to be considered when starting the project?

We wanted to create a roomy and bright feeling despite the narrow and only 75 square meter small site.

Elding Oscarson

Elding Oscarson is a young office run by Johan Oscarson and Jonas Elding. They have an office in Stockholm, covering both Swedish and international architecture, from museums to private houses, interiors, furniture and product design.

Photos by Åke E:son Lindman.

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Comments

  1. 1 Jerome 24 Aug 2010

    I usually like minimalist design like that a lot!

    But I think that it absolutely doesn’t fit in there and actually destroys the charm and flair of that street. It’s a shame. On a different spot that house would be awesome! :)

  2. 2 Veerle Pieters 24 Aug 2010

    @Jerome

    I usually like minimalist design like that a lot!But I think that it absolutely doesn’t fit in there and actually destroys the charm and flair of that street. It’s a shame. On a different spot that house would be awesome! :)

    Like I mentioned in the article I don’t believe that you need to see it so narrow minded. The two styles can coexist like here. The Scandinavians are good at that. The contrast make it work.

     

  3. 3 Eduardo 24 Aug 2010

    I agree with @Jerome. It’s totally out of context and ruining the neighborhood. 10 years from now they will be wondering how they approve this thing.

  4. 4 Alex Dukal 24 Aug 2010

    I love it! My home/studio is almost the same size (a little bit shorter) and that house is giving me some nice ideas ;-)

  5. 5 Jerome 25 Aug 2010

    Don’t get me wrong! I love the house by itself. It just totally ruins the neighbourhood! Imho.

  6. 6 Nurit Manor 26 Aug 2010

    It’s so beautiful & so brave! I love the minimalist White House that brings up the other houses with their colours and their shapes. There is enough room for every one. I find the White House special and in need on this little road as it brings up freshness and gives extra time to breathe & see it all. To build just another red roofed house wan’t do much!
    Excellent brave work.

  7. 7 Steve 27 Aug 2010

    Love the interior but the exterior not so much, We have a 1000 sq ft house that we converted and is very similar internally but we left the outside as it was. Jarring the eye and the brain is not a minimalist ideal!

  8. 8 Karen 28 Aug 2010

    @Jerome

    I agree completely. Beautiful design but so out of place that it ruins its surroundings. Epic fail!

  9. 9 Teresa Wood 30 Aug 2010

    I agree Jerome - it could have worked but it didn’t - something not quite right - I have seen better examples. Love the house though… I am trained as an architect but also do graphic design cuz I love it so much….