johannes norlander arkitektur: villa alta johannes norlander arkitektur: villa alta
jun 21, 2011

johannes norlander arkitektur: villa alta

‘villa alta’ by johannes norlander arkitektur, stockholm, sweden images © rasmus norlander

swedish practice johannes norlander arkitektur has designed ‘villa alta’, a single family home located just outside of stockholm, sweden. informed by the topographical conditions of the site, the residence seeks to compose a functional layout within the relatively small and restricted area.


measuring 4.6 meters in width, the dwelling features an angled, wedge-shape plan that contributes to the open interior environment. void of unnecessary internal walls, the design utilizes the hooked intersection of wings as a room divider in itself allowing for continuous flow between spaces.


the upper floor consists of three bedrooms, a bathroom and a small library that is centrally located and open

to the ground floor. glossy white surfaces clad the walls, floor and ceiling, visually expanding the perception

of space. large windows flood the rooms with natural light and pepper each area with elements of the contrasting

lush green surroundings.

interior entrance

a combination of simple materials permeates the project, pure and consistent from inside to out. the stark spaces

are left minimal with each detail and component reduced to purpose its function.


living room



in context

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

concept sketch of front

concept sketch of back

  • Making new things with old stuff?
    This project was completed in 2008 and well published at that time.

    Fistule says:
  • Who cares if it was done in 2008?? It’s a nice project and that is what counts.

    Sarah B says:
  • simplicity is beautiful, but has the architect ever cleaned a house before . . . or, where might one sit outside while the rain pelts the roof?

    savannahjones says:
  • Other questions . . . I noticed a pitched roof in one of the photos . . . so, what happens when it snows? Also, how do people less “communally inclined” deal with the open space? All that poured concrete? When will it crack, or is it mixed with some magic potion? And, finally, however much the architects intended this bldg. to look like a precious jewel in a rugged environment, will the outside retain its pristine white for long?

    savannahjones says:
  • Absolutely gorgeous!
    I love everything in it!

    NATA NOVA says:

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