Glass meets wood: Residential building in Sweden
Architect: Elding Oscarson Arkitekter, Stockholm
Location: Corfitz väg 14, 26042 Mölle, Sweden
Structural engineering: Christian Hoffman, Konkret Rådgivande Ingenjörer, Stockholm
Building services: Imtech Ventilation, Malmö
Electricity: Total El, Malmö
General contractor: Ulf Bengtsson, Dan Olsson Bygg och Inredning, Höganäs
Mölle, a community situated on a peninsula about 30 kilometres north of Helsingborg, is known for having been the first seaside resort in Sweden to allow women and men to bathe at the same beach – a big advance for the times and one that found expression in experimental architecture at the beginning of the 20th century. It was with this in in mind that the architects planned an unusually open residential building for a young family at the location.
Erected on an idyllic sloping site with views of the sea, the building derives its free form from its inner functions and outer correlations. The Y-shaped ground plan divides the garden into three different exterior spaces: an entrance area with room for parking, a secluded terrace built into the slope and an area of lawn opening up to the sea and featuring a further garden terrace.
The all-round ground floor glazing made up of panels up to 6.70 metres wide merges indoors and outdoors, while large-scale sliding doors enable a seamless transition between the interior and the garden. The smooth, transparent expanses of glass stand in contrast to the first floor resting on slender steel posts and clad in thick, rough-sawn boards. Precisely set windows in various sizes on the upper storey with its bedrooms establish a further relationship to the outside world.