tham & videgård has built a family vacation home on a hill on the small island of krokholmen, in stockholm’s outer archipelago. the site is characterized by open views towards the sea and a beautiful landscape with windswept dwarf pines.

tham & videgård krokholmen house
large sliding doors open onto three terraces
all images © åke eson lindman

 

 

the architects designed the ‘krokholmen house’ which would provide generous social spaces both indoors and outdoors. a central wall holds the fireplace while a narrow opening allows space for bedrooms, bath and storage rooms facing the west. the larger family room and kitchen are positioned with panoramic views towards the sea.

tham & videgård krokholmen house
a screen of wood and glass runs around the house

 

 

a screen of wood and glass runs around the house, uniting interior and exterior spaces on a base of in-situ cast concrete. the living room and social area extends to the outdoors as large sliding doors open onto three terraces, one of which is sheltered from the winds and facing south.

tham & videgård krokholmen house
the remote vacation home allows for the family to interact closely with the surrounding nature

 

 

the curved roof adds a new spatial quality to the interior and defines the character of the entire building. while the house is designed to be horizontal and open towards the sea, the roof balances the design through its verticality. the ‘tent-like’ silhouette connects ‘to the idea of the least complicated way to spend time in nature’, and is inspired by swedish pavilion- and gazebo architecture, ‘light buildings carefully placed in the landscape’.

tham & videgård krokholmen house
the curved roof adds a new spatial quality to the interior

 

 

the construction and finishes are made entirely of wood with the exception of a steel girder distributing loads above the main facade. curved glulam beams rest on the low gable facades and meet along a ridge roof beam. facade panels and trellis screens are made of cedar wood. roof and exterior metal details are of zinc. interior wall panels and carpentry are made of ash wood.

tham & videgård krokholmen house
the social spaces are given generous views towards the open sea 

tham & videgård krokholmen house
one of the terraces faces south and is sheltered from the strong winds 

tham & videgård krokholmen house
the home is characterized by natural lighting and open views

tham & videgård krokholmen house
the bedrooms face the forest towards the west 

tham & videgård krokholmen house
the texture is reminiscent of swedish gazebos, ‘light and delicately placed in the landscape‘ 

tham & videgård krokholmen house
interior wall panels and carpentry are made of ash wood.

tham & videgård krokholmen house
facade panels and trellis screens are made of cedar wood

tham & videgård krokholmen house
windswept dwarf pines and soft mountain outcrops produced by the inland ice decorate the landscape

 

 

project name: house krokholmen

location: krokholmen, värmdö municipality, stockholm archipelago
architects:tham & videgård
team: bolle tham and martin videgård (chief architects) måns tham/mariano tellechea (project architects), johanna redell, mårten nettelbladt (collaborators) måns ljungberg
built area: 135 m2
structural engineer: måns ljungberg
year: 2013-2015
photography: åke eson lindman

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