Embedded in a glade lies Hans Murman’s Juniper House
In Gotland Sweden the house becomes barely visible, mirroring its surroundings with its façade. From a centrally placed kitchen and living room you have the feeling of living in the nature.
The façade is a playful comment on allowing modern architecture to be visual in the landscape. The house allows you to experience colour, texture, surface, material, transparency and light on and through the façades.
A photo of the existing junipers was used as the base for the tailor-made cloth that is 35 metres wide and 3 meters high and wrapped onto three sides of the house. The net vinyl cloth is put on a galvanized steel construction at a distance of 40 centimetres from the façade. On the north and south side of the house the cloth is extended for privacy and to hide the outdoor shower. The wooden facade is treated with a combination of turpentine, tar and linseed oil. The floor is ash, oiled with white pigment. The walls and the ceiling are painted white and the kitchen sink is concrete board from a local factory whilst wide glazed sliding doors work as temperature regulators in the summer.
The Juniper house is one of the short listed projects for this year’s world architecture festival award in Barcelona