It is difficult not to admire the Scandinavian approach to home design. Attention to details, harmony and comfort are the main attributes characterizing this 561 square-meter villa designed by architect Thomas Eriksson in Stockholm, Sweden. Aside from embedding major principles of modern architecture in the project, such as openness and functionality, the developers added that extra welcoming factor. You can see it in the green surrounding landscape, lovely pond or various outdoor spots especially envisioned for relaxation.
Discovered on Skeppsholmen, the interiors of this residence exude a friendly feel, one that goes beyond strict modern home arrangements. Color is a major asset of the design, livening up all the interiors. Large windows provide an optimum amount of natural lighting, an indispensable element to any Northern home. Enjoy the virtual tour of this impressive seven-room residence, where modern features are subtly complimented and sometimes exceeded by creative details with an emotional touch!
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.
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