This pure sharp and clean cut private residence is an achievement of Lindvall A&D. It was completed in early 2008 and is located in South of Malmo, Sweden. It is a perfect example of bringing the outside in with many large double glazing openings, constructed to have full surrounding views from every part of the house. The exterior allows you to be part of the interior by providing uninterrupted views which create no surprises or unexpectedness.
This residence has lived up to the terminology ‘less is more’. In our days this phrase has become a cliché as it is used for nearly most if not all of the modern minimalist home architecture created. This however is not the case and we are delighted that this is a project that reflects this notion strongly so we can get a clear essence of what these words entitle.
The façade is dynamic, pure but not overbearing, achieved by the simplistic volume of the residence and the projection of the upper level hosting the master bedroom. The materials are kept to a strong limit wood, aluminum, glazing and stone combined in a coherent and self explanatory way. In an ideal world were nature has its prime importance you can imagine taking out the glazing all together leaving the large openings exposed and walking bare foot from the living room straight to the grass and on to the exterior hard finishes; a perfect simplicity and unity of architecture and nature.
The interior does not exempt itself from this concept. The functional areas of the house are arranged on ground level liberating and exposed to the surroundings. The sole existing indication of a priority of private space is the master bedroom which is situated in an upper mezzanine like level. The whole residence is pure white with wooden fixtures to soften the minimalistic forms of architecture. This is incorporated by the fixed elements such as doors, staircase, and flooring together with the loose elements such as the furniture. Custom made furniture has been designed solely for this residence and only the absolutely essential items constitute the furniture of this single family house. Two light form arm chairs and a side table to watch T.V, a dining table of six in a space that can fit fifteen, a living room with two modular sofa/beds giving the sole existence of artificial color as the landscape provides the rest. Everything is controlled, clean and necessary. All lighting is hidden or mounted except for the dining room’s white large scale pendants.
The bathrooms are minimalistically designed with pure right angled edged units, giving a taste of boldness through the marble and the iregulated veining. This is a design example that expresses a controlled design through an uncontrolled finish.
All an all this is one of our favorite projects that we have seen throughout this year. We are delighted with the successful arrangement of architecture and nature together with the simplicity but yet very dynamic architectural design.