With a total living area of 238 square meters, this inspiring modern home located in a municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden, is not what you would normally expect from a typical Scandinavian home. The residence (seen on Residence.se) is said to be designed in a contemporary international style and offers fabulous views of the surrounding landscape. Large sliding patio doors lead to a generous terrace for large dinner parties. The main house is structured on the levels. The upper floor accommodates the living room , kitchen and master bedroom with en-suite walk in closet and bathroom. On the lower level of about 80 square meters, there are three bedrooms, a TV room, a bathroom and laundry room. The villa is located far out in the Stockholm archipelago and around the corner is Fagelbro Golf and Country Club which offers golf activities, restaurants, stables and gym. More summer pubs in the local area are easily accessible by boat. Can you think of any other features that would have better adjusted this home to its surroundings?
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.