Swedish Beauty Widlund House, Öland island
Stockholm-based design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has designed the Widlund House project. Completed in 2011, this two-storey luxury holiday home can be found in Sandvick on Öland island, Sweden.
According to the architects: “This house is like a funnel of light, space and sea views. The location is the west coast of the Baltic island of Öland. The white concrete box is ‘corsetted’ in the middle, creating slightly sheared wall and roof angles. This gives the contemporary Swedish 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.
“Precast concrete is perhaps not the most common choice for a private house of this scale, but was ideal for achieving the ultimate precision in manufacturing tolerance and colour/finish.
“The concrete is not painted or surface-pigmented but solid white, which gives it a wonderful glow. The joints between the concrete elements are carefully designed and positioned so that – instead of interfering with – they become part of the contemporary Swedish property’s geometry and expression. The sealant in between is grey to enhance the graphic effect rather than matching the concrete surface.”
Images courtesy of Åke E.son Lindman.
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