ISSUE 81  |  Weekend Getaway

Architect Visit: Beach Cabins from Sommarnöjen

July 19, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Discovered on Materialicious: prefab beach houses from Sommarní¶jen, a Stockholm-based company with the tagline “Small house. Great architects.” The company commissioned well-respected Swedish architects–including Earth Architects, Hermelin and Palmstierna Architects, and Murman Architects–to design customizable cabins and cottages that can be used as guesthouses, saunas, offices, or studios. The Summerhouse Amusement collection includes houses built with local and sustainable materials.

 Photographs via Sommarní¶jen.

Above: Designed by Earth Architects, the Heaven 70 cottage is built for durability, from steel and laminated layered timber beams.

For another of our favorite prefab cottages, see A Tiny Backyard Guest Studio (Sleeps One).

Above: The basic Heaven 70 cottage can be expanded with add-on units.

Above: The Land 36, designed by Hermelin and Palmstierna Architects, has two separate, compact bedrooms that will sleep up to 12 people (if outfitted with bunks). Expansive windows frame views in several directions. Prices start at 895,000 KR. 

Above: Murman Architects built the Juniper House on Gotland in 2005; it was long-listed for Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2008. The Juniper 70 (Shown) is a simple wooden box covered by semi-transparent plastic netting, printed with images of the client’s site to make it disappear visually into the landscape.


Above: Inside, the finishes and furnishings are customizable.

For more of our favorite prefab studios, see An Instant Backyard Room for Summer Guests.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published May 26, 2009.