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Åre Solbringen House

This summer house offers views of the sea from every angle. The building settles on the boarderland between rocks, grass and water. The load-bearing walls are built from hand-picked panels of Swedish pine, cut to a rough surface.

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These are three identical houses, built in 2010 on the banks of the picturesque lake in Sweden. The natural slope of the terrain has led to a special arrangement of structures, in which they are presented with five levels of the transition. At the top is a vestibule, then designed two bedrooms, bath and sauna, and followed by the kitchen and living room. Completes the construction of each overhanging balcony above the ground, oriented to the south. Exterior finish of houses made entirely of wood, like the floors inside the residences. Dark colors perfectly balanced by the white walls and ceilings.

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The volume of these three houses in Åreskutan is due in part to local planning regulations and partly a discussion about the place. The assignment was to divide a parcel into three equal parts, where three identical houses would be built. The property is situated near the center of Åre, on the southern slope of Åreskutan, overlooking the river and mountains.

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Are the homes are mostly half-buried houses with 1 1/2 storey pitched roof with large gable facing the hillside and views. This results in households with one usable level: The lower level, partially buried, is in part, without windows, and the top is limited by low sloping roofs.

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According to local regulations could only divide the plot in the direction of the slope, with a minimum limit of 4.5 m and a maximum height of 5.2 m, making it necessary to seek a different solution. Under these conditions, slope, and Åre being one of the best known in Sweden for skiing, it seemed tempting to buildings to ski, or at least give that impression.

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So we decided to drop the buildings along the slope, without disturbing, making well-lit spaces and a generous height connector A shaft extends throughout the building, divided into four flights of stairs and allowing full view of the house from the entry. Among the 31 steps is opposite as in any house 1 1/2 point, but in this case generating 5 levels.

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The upper house the lobby, two bedrooms, bathroom and sauna, and lower the kitchen and living room, ending in a south-facing terrace.

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The house is completely built in a wooden frame. Due to the limited width of the construction was possible to use standard parts in every place except the floors, which required the use of laminated wood. Wooden construction rests on a foundation beams transverse to the axis of the housing. This is traversed by a vent, allowing the edges of the enclosure to find the ground cleanly.

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The facade is made of natural wood panels, and they shall be darkened gray over time. The cover sheet is folded. The solid oak floors contrast with the other interior surfaces, finished in a neutral white.

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Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter:

Åre Solbringen Three slender recreation houses at Åreskutan south slope. The houses got their form partly from urban regulations and partly from a discussion on the site. The buildings follow the mountain’s slope with an interior height difference equivalent to a normal house. From the interior one has fantastic lake vistas over Åresjön and the mountains’ top on the opposite shore.

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Project Data:

Project name: Are Solbringen House
Location: Björnänge, Åre, Sweden
Coordinates: n/a
Type:

  • Type By Characteristic: Holiday House
  • Type By Site: Hill House, Lake House
  • Type By Size: Medium House – (201 sqm – 450 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Wooden House

Storeys: 1 1/2
Project Area: 3 x 110 m2
Project Year: 2006-2010
Completion Year: 2010

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter – Skeppargatan 18 SE-114 52 Stockholm, Sweden
Project Team: Jonas Waldemarson, Pauline Berglund, Hanna Kucera Wengelin
Text Description: © Courtesy of Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter
Images: © Åke E:son Lindman

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