Swedish apply Johan Sundberg Arkitektur has accomplished a cluster of timber-clad housing blocks in Ystad, Sweden, with facades of folding glass screens that permit their balconies to be became sheltered winter gardens.
Known as Hygrometern, the cluster of 4 blocks supplies a mix of 20 two and three-bedroom mid-budget flats on a sloping website overlooking the Baltic Sea.
The challenge marks a change in scale for Lund-based Johan Sundberg Arkitektur, which is healthier identified for designing luxurious villas and vacation houses, typically in shut collaboration with their house owners.
“We’re proud and joyful concerning the acknowledgment we obtain for our luxurious villas. However as we consider that good areas can change individuals’s lives for the higher, we’re increasing our apply to multi-family housing tasks,” stated founder Johan Sundberg.
“[Our] tackle mid-budget, multi-family housing resulted in accessible but distinctive dwellings proving that excellent structure may be achieved with modest means,” he continued.
Hygrometern is organised into two sq. blocks on the east of the location and two lengthy, rectilinear blocks at its centre, with the house in between every used to create planting and shared out of doors areas ignored by the flats.
Raised on a stepped concrete plinth, every two-storey block encompasses a devoted entrance into every residence, with walled gardens for these on the bottom flooring and deeply recessed balconies for the first-floor dwellings.
Whereas the doorway to the ground-floor flats is thru their entrance gardens, the first-floor areas are accessed through galvanised metal staircases on the rear, which result in a small space of deck entry with further seating.
“The programme is unfold throughout 4 distinct volumes, the place the interstices type human-scaled out of doors areas,” stated the apply.
“A various vary of sight traces, out of doors areas and examine contribute to the spatial qualities throughout the flats,” it continued.
Easy floorplans organise the dwelling, eating and kitchen space on the entrance of the flats opening onto the entrance backyard or balcony and bedrooms on the rear, minimising the necessity for corridors.
One elevation of every block is comprised of a folding glazed display screen in entrance of the balconies or gardens, with the remaining elevations clad in skinny, ribbed picket panelling.
“The folding glazed partitions, so essential to the looks of the facades, got here as one of many many enhancements typical to tasks the place the architect performs an lively position throughout the building section,” stated the apply.
“Initially thought-about as an non-compulsory factor to be put in with the client’s want, the partitions have been unanimously accepted, permitting the recessed balconies to change into sheltered winter gardens,” it continued.
In Hyrgometern’s minimalist interiors, residents have been free to customize fittings within the kitchens and loos based on a pre-selected color palette of pale and pastel tones.
Different tasks just lately accomplished by Johan Sundberg Arkitektur embrace a minimalist timber barn on a historic farm in Skåne, and a timber-clad villa near a Swedish pine forest surrounded by terraces for following the solar.
Images is by Markus Linderoth.