Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Swedish architects Claesson Koivisto Rune have completed a house on the coast of a Baltic island with slanted roofs and walls that make the building narrower in the middle.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

This 'waist' separates the two storeys of bedrooms at the back from a double-height communal space overlooking the water at the front.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Villa Widlund on the island of Öland was prefabricated from white concrete and grey lines of sealant draw graphic lines across the facade.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Villa Widlund vacation house
Öland, Sweden

This house is like a funnel of light, space and sea views. The location is the west coast of the Baltic island of Öland.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

The white concrete box is "corsetted" in the middle, creating slightly sheared wall and roof angles.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

This gives the house both its direction and character, while also marking the difference between the rear private two-storey bedroom part and the communal double ceiling-height front part.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Precast concrete is perhaps not the most common choice for a private house at this scale, but was ideal for achieving the ultimate precision in manufacturing tolerance and colour/finish.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

The concrete is not painted or surface-pigmented but solid white, which gives it a wonderful glow.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

The joints between the concrete elements are carefully designed and positioned so that – instead of interfering with – they become part of the building's geometry and expression.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

The sealant in between is gray to enhance the graphic effect rather than matching the concrete surface.

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Architect Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects, Stockholm

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Project group Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Deta Gemzell, Kumi Nakagaki, Kia Larsdotter, Lotti Engstrand

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Project vacation house

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Location Sandvik, Öland, Sweden

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Client Karin Meindner and Jan Widlund

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Designed 2008

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Built 2011

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Builder Folke Nilsson AB and Finja (precast concrete)

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Construction/Material solid white precast concrete

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Building area 220 m2

Widlund House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

  • Airborn

    Wow, white concrete! First time I hear of that. If only all the concrete in the world could be white, what a big improvement that would be. The house is very beautiful.

  • http://www.pasinga.com Antje

    the minimal design of the building – the location and the interior – perfect

  • Andrew Nelson

    i love this structure, the angles are very pleasing to the eye.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/extreme_designs_skateboard_deck_73_cricketdiane-186613666339516516 CricketDiane

    Its a box.

    • kate

      It’s a great box.

  • http://www.DesignPOV.com Scott Sowers

    The sculpture is a little creepy. The house looks like a good place to be alone but it is a strking design..

  • http://twitter.com/DelphicMedia @DelphicMedia

    I think it's gorgeous – clean, function, design. After living in cramped New York apartments for thirty years, one can really appreciate this.

  • http://nosten.com.ar juan ignacio forcen

    big shoes for small box