Island Houses by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Beacons on the rock

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The site is on an island on the west coast of Sweden, and has a unique position perched on a steep mountain rock located close to the highest point in the landscape. It offers wide and open views over the sea and the horizon. The client wanted two houses, one for the parents and one for the children that are also adults by now, both with extra rooms for visiting friends.

▼陡峭山岩上的住宅,houses on a steep mountain rock


The challenge offered by the steep site was solved with two terraced levels built up from the local stones used for foundation walls of many of the older houses on these islands that were originally populated by fishermen and captains. The resulting platforms are integrated within the rocky landscape, set against the protruding bedrock. Above the solid stonewalls and concrete terrace, a light structural framework of wood defines the contour of the houses. Stairs to access the house platforms are included in the solid base while a few steps and stonewalls are the only additions to the natural environment, the rest has been left untouched. At night the new buildings stand out like beacons, their lights shining from the top of the hill.

▼当地石材建造的平台解决陡峭地形问题,local stones are used for terraces which are applied to solve the steep site


An inner ring of large glass sliding doors separate the interior from the terrace, a continuous loggia space encircles all four facades.

▼连续的凉廊环绕着住宅四个边界,a continuous loggia space encircles all four facades

▼大面积玻璃滑动门组成的内部环形空间将室内与室外平台分隔开,an inner ring of large glass sliding doors separate the interior from the terrace

▼入口走廊,entrance corridor

▼简单明亮的室内空间,simple and clear interior




Architect: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Chief Architects: Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård
Project Architect: Mariano Tellechea
Team, collaborators: Mårten Nettelbladt, Carmen Izquierdo, Johanna Redell,
Måns Tham, Konrad Krupinski
Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman

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