Summer house Trosa

The winner of  Swedish Wood Award 2000.

Type of project: Direct commission
Location: By the sea in the archipelago of  Trosa, south of Stockholm
Type of building: Private leisure house
Size of building: 100 sqm
Year completed: 1999


This house was the first project completed by the studio. The studio (at that time Håkan and Natasha) carried out both the design and the construction work. The house has gained a lot of attention and received a number of awards, including the Swedish Wood Award for the year 2000. The house is a leisure house for a couple in their sixties and was built for year-around use.

The building was thought of as a tool to help explore the qualities and sensations of the site and surrounding nature. Through conscious handling of the daylight on naked surfaces and shading laths, the mode of climate and weather outside always becomes present inside.

The theme for the plan was to divide the house into different zones, the use of which would depend on the climate and the conditions of the weather. The main functions are concentrated in a core area, which is well insulated and can be heated in winter. During warmer periods, the habitable area can be extended to the adjoining veranda and hallway, which are heated only by solar radiation. A glazed canopy on horizontal laths provides yet another sheltered zone along the facade.



Contractor:  Håkan Widjedal and Natasha Racki