claesson koivisto rune's simonsson house evokes the vernacular of near-arctic sweden

claesson koivisto rune's simonsson house evokes the vernacular of near-arctic sweden

architecture shaped by its context


Swedish partnership Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects takes to the near-Arctic town of Boden, Sweden to realize this so-called Simonsson House. In many ways the dwelling is shaped by its site, as strict zoning regulations largely informed the team’s design decisions. ‘The local regulations stipulated a house with a maximum building height of just 4.2 metres (13.75 feet),’ The architects tell designboom. ‘It also stipulated that the house must have a red roof.’

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the simonsson house: low yet lofty


Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects sites its Simonsson House alongside the Lule älv, a major river which runs through the north of Sweden. Despite the strict height limitations — most suitable for a single-level home — the design team hoped to include a second story to capture views across the river. This was ultimately achieved through the use of a single pitch roof construction. The team explains: ‘Since the building height for a single pitch roof is a calculated mean value around the house, the resulting building height could be kept within the regulations.’

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the bold design by claesson koivisto rune


Overall, the Simonsson House by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects takes shape as a nested pair of trapezoidal volumes, facing opposite directions. The living space occupies the larger of the two volumes and opens out toward views of the river through a scattered array of picture windows. The smaller volume hosts a garage and sauna, and is topped with a roof terrace. Finally, the house is finished entirely with red paint, at once emphasizing its bold geometries while fulfilling local requirements for a red roof.

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