ISSUE 27  |  Florida Chic

Architect Visit: Garden House in Sweden by Tham & Videgard

July 09, 2010 10:15 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Innovative architects Bolle Tham and Martin Videgard of Stockholm firm Tham & Videgard designed a triangular Garden House in Viksberg, Sweden, for clients who decided to move from central Stockholm to the countryside near Lake Mälaren. The house was conceived as a vertical addition to the garden, where indoor and outdoor spaces gradually blend and interact. The house’s trellis enclosure will continue to be covered with vines, providing shade and greenery; the interior also features a double-height indoor winter garden.

The triangular footprint is the result of a steep slope that diagonally crosses the site. With one of the long facades facing south, Tham and Videgard managed to eliminate a pure northern facade. This further helped the idea of plants climbing high on the oversized trellis that cover some of the windows so that in time they will become hidden within the greenery.

A double height winter garden also functions as a natural pre-heating of fresh air. The roof terrace offers very long views over the nearby hills towards Lake Mälaren. Construction is all wood, both structure and finishes.

Photographs by Åke E:son Lindman. For more information, visit Tham & Videgard.

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside

Garden House TVH 09-2009

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside

Garden House TVH 09-2009

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside

Stockholm architects Tham & Videgard designed this all-wood garden house near a lake in the countryside