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.