Island House by Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff

Island House by Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff

Architects: Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff
Area: 150 sqm
Completion date: 2004
Photography: Ake E:son Lindman
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

The Island House site is a waterfront property located on an island in the archipelago of Stockholm. Oaks and pines living in meagre soil between sculptural rocks dominate the landscape. A large section of the site’s upper part is taken by a large oak aged over 500 years.

The clients, a young family with children, wished for a house that takes full advantage of the scenic ocean view without becoming a dominating feature on the coastline. Important factors were also to create a house for leisure with a feeling of comfort and relaxation, a house to socialize in. A house to feel spoiled by opposite to one to take care of.

Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff‘s concept for this project is a building that sits slightly back and elevated from the waterfront, half hidden behind the knotty pine trees. Facing the ocean is a large area for socializing. A floor, a roof and a freely standing core for utilities make up this part of the building. It has an indoor part and an outdoor part, separated only by a sliding glass wall. The sleeping rooms, storage and bathroom are gathered in a more closed structure behind the core. They face a secluded courtyard framed by rock formations and the old oak tree.

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