atrium house

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atrium house-016_web[all images © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter ]

i’ve been a regular follower of  stockholm-based Tham & Videgård Arkitekter since i first spotted the extension/renovation work of mordena museet malmo via dezeen in 2009. finally i am having the perfect timing to share project by TVARK !

project description from Tham & Videgård Arkitekter :

” atrium house is a vacation home in när parish on the island of gotland in the baltic sea. it is built on a slight ridge that marks the location of the coastline a thousand years ago—the edge where the land once met the sea. ”

atrium house-089_web“… in relation to the open and expansive landscape, the building seems more like a low wall than a house. it is built around a completely enclosed atrium courtyard that is designed to serve as a fixed point, a sheltered outdoor room, while the rest of the property is left undisturbed as a meadow where grazing sheep prevent the land from returning to forest.”

atrium house-091_web“… the house is inspired by the strong materiality of gotland’s vernacular agricultural architecture. another source of inspiration is the remains of a unique square medieval wooden fortress, known as bulverket, found in the middle of the island’s second-largest lake, tingstäde marsh. Like Bulverket, this Atrium House can be described as an austere architectural structure in which the elements required for everyday functions have been reduced to a minimum.”

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atrium house-074_web“… the program is designed for three generations; a young family with children and their grandmother respectively have their rooms located diagonally in two of the corners and meet at the angle in a common living room and kitchen. Entrance to the courtyard is through a large barn door and into the house directly by any one of three different openings toward the atrium. In winter, the storage room can double as a mudroom.”

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” …the house is narrow, but its openings outward are broad, which gives the interior the character of a sheltering niche in the open space of the landscape. While the roof plane maintains a consistent elevation throughout the house, the interior floor steps up and down in accordance with the surrounding terrain. This means the ceiling height varies among the main spaces, which are arranged in a continuous ring around the atrium. Within this continuous space, the smaller rooms have been collected in a number of solid blocks.”

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atrium house-065_web“…the masonry construction has natural plaster colored with carbon black, exterior metal parts are of oxidized zinc. the oak doors and windows has been treated with tar oil, a preservative treatment that allows the wood to become gray over time in harmony with the other facade materials. the large sliding glass windows are mounted on the surface of the exterior walls, according to the same principle as many barn doors. Also the interior doors are surface-mounted, allowing the walls to appear unbroken.”

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” The flat roof structure is designed to leave all organic material exposed on the inside, with only inorganic materials on top. This way the moisture from an eventual leak can evaporate to the interior air. ”

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Atrium-house_model-study_web[all images © Tham & Videgård Arkitekter ]

this project has won first prize in ECOLA award 2012 CO2-optimised New Buildings, which ECOLA acknowledges projects  combine design quality with energy-efficient planning on a high level. congratulations!


Architect: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Sweden
Team: Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård
Project: 2002-2004
Built: 2006-2010
Photographer: Åke E: son Lindman


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