House on a Hill, Värmdö
Tham & Videgård 

House on a Hill, Värmdö

Tham & Videgård 


Ingmar Bergman used to say: “I am living permanently in my dream, from which I make brief forays into reality.” A similar situation is the one that tries to recreate a house immersed in a place with lots of trees, just a half-hour drive from Stockholm, ideal for a family wanting to relish the peaceful daily existence of the countryside while keeping certain urban comforts and pleasures within reach. Three levels organized in a cross, each twirled 45 degrees with respect to the one below or above, rise on a rocky hill like a sculptural stack of blocks in which opaque surfaces of exposed concrete alternate with terraces fitted into the gaps, sheltered from the wind. Inside, a limited palette of materials highlights the metallic spiral staircase that organizes the dwelling, as well as the privileged views offered by the building’s choice location...[+]