Monochromatic 108 sq m residence in the Stockholm archipelago is peaceful retreat
The architects behind the first air-heated bridge in Sweden have completed a residential project in the forested island of Yxlan in the northern Stockholm archipelago. Erik Andersson Architects has nestled this 6m x 6m x 18m home in a cluster of pines and spruces on the modest island, enabling the residents to become one with this scenic natural environment by wrapping the house in a generous terrace from which they can view the sea and forest.
Villa Wallin is designed using the proportional ration of 1:3 with all windows the same dimensions. These outsized glass panes are all square and welcome great shafts of sunlight to illuminate the interiors. The entire building is restricted to two colours: white and black. The exterior of the building is clad in horizontal pine panels which have been painted black with Falu Rodfarg (traditional Swedish paint dating back to the 16th century), with the grey tones of the terrace reflecting the bark of the surrounding trees.
In direct contrast to the dark tones of the exterior is the pure white interior. The walls and pinewood floors have been painted white which stands starkly against the black window frames. Only interspersed by the occasional black chair or wooden table, the white décor extends throughout the residence. The bathroom is the only area within the house that does not share these pale tones, decorated with small black tiles and illuminated by a skylight high up in the ceiling, reminding the residents of their close connection with nature.