An updated Scandinavian summer cottage weaves Japanese influences throughout

July 18, 2018 by  
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There are few better places to spend a Scandinavian summer than in a breezy cottage by the water. One stellar example is the Summer House completed by Swedish architecture firm Kod Arkitekter in the northern Stockholm archipelago. Located on an island and surrounded by the forest and sea, this home makes the most of its idyllic surroundings with a design that maximizes indoor-outdoor living and combines Scandinavian cottage traditions with Japanese minimalism. Built of timber to reference the surrounding forest, the Summer House comprises a renovated old cottage and a new addition. The clients asked Kod Arkitekter to save and update the cottage — a 65-square-meter structure — and seamlessly integrate it into the extension , a long volume that stretches perpendicular to the existing building. To connect the two buildings, the architects clad both volumes in vertical stained strips of lumber and also topped the house with a dark roofing material. The roof extends over the outdoor patio so that it can be enjoyed rain or shine. Related: Timber-clad waterfront house in Norway epitomizes modern Scandinavian design “With its elongated shape, window setting and the location of the rooms and the patios , the design maximizes the outlook on the water and the unspoiled nature,” explained Kod Arkitekter of the 210-square-meter cottage. “In addition to the Scandinavian traditions, the house draws inspiration from Japan , in an interpretation where simplicity, wood and the relationship with the surrounding nature are at the heart of the architecture.” To mitigate the sloping site, the west end of the T-shaped house is partially elevated on steel posts. The private rooms can be found in the home’s north and south wings. The common areas are located in the west wing, which faces views of the water. Framed by large windows, the communal spaces connect to the outdoors for an indoor-outdoor living experience. + Kod Arkitekter Images via Måns Berg

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Villa Ladybird is an elegant coastal retreat clad in Siberian larch and zinc

January 29, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Villa Ladybird is an elegant coastal retreat clad in Siberian larch and zinc Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminum glazing , angled house , Beddingestrand , coastal home , coastal retreat , Johan Sundberg Arkitektur , larch , Metalwork , panoramic views , seasonal home , Siberian larch , steel beams , summer house , Sweden , swedish architecture , Villa Ladybird

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5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes

April 17, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 6 best , Airstream , Architecture , architecture and vision , automotive , eco-tourism , green mountain college , green transportation , mercuryhouseone , mobile micro-homes , Moby1 , N55 , nomadic life , OTIS , portable house , self-sufficient home , Solar Power , summer house , Timeless Travel Trailers , tiny homes , walking house , XTR

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Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

April 9, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: balconies , floor to ceiling glazing , mapa architects , modern home , porto alegre , summer house , timber screen , timber slats , XAN house

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VASHO’s Green-Roofed and Energy Efficient RD House Blends into a Dominican Republic Hillside

February 13, 2014 by  
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Benoit Challand’s Stilted Roost House is Inspired by Calatrava and Le Corbusier

February 13, 2014 by  
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NRJA Designs a Two-Story Houseboat for Long Latvian Summers

January 8, 2013 by  
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Latvian architecture firm NRJA (which stands for “No Rules, Just Architecture”) is one of the most exciting firms working in Europe today. Floating Barn, the firm’s latest project, is a lakeside residence designed for long Latvian summers. The two-story house features living spaces, a bathroom and a small deck on the first floor, and a sleeping area is located on the second floor. By using one material for both walls and roofs, a homogenous look is achieved. The pontoon base of the house features storage tanks for clean water, filtered graywater and fuel. + NRJA The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: floating barn , floating house , graywater , graywater treatment , houseboat , Latvia , No Rules Just Architecture , NRJA , Riga , summer house , treated graywater , Uldis Luksevics

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