Gunnar Asplund built his summer residence on the banks of the archipelago of Stockholm in 1937. He was 52 and at the prime of his career, having completed the Gotheburg City Hall and gained the recognition of his colleagues in the profession. He had recently married Ingrid Kling and was immersed in the construction of the Stockholm Crematorium, working more than fourteen hours a day. Sadly, he would not be able to enjoy the house much, as he died of a heart attack only three years after finishing it. His heirs still use it and maintain it in perfect condition.
The parts of the complex are arranged on a large plot of land. Besides the actual dwelling are seven small independent wooden constructions that housed the toilets, a sauna, a small woodshed, and some storerooms. Facing the seashore, the perfect spot for all this was on the lowest level of a sloping terrain protected on the north by crags as tall as seven meters. The house was set just a meter away from the granite formation, had a single floor plan, and adapted to the topography by unfolding on four levels. The rock wall delimited a protected space before the west facade over which was a large porch. This was conceived as an extension of the inner space, one in which to enjoy summer nights, besides serving as an entrance foyer, since the main door was located on that side... [+]