The Town House – Designing for Space & Light

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This modern small house is set in the town of Landskrona, Sweden and has been designed by the Stockholm-based architecture practice, Elding Oscarson. Simply called “The Town House”, the building stands out against the much more traditional terraced cottages without dominating them.

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The Town House wouldn’t look out of place in Tokyo. Its form is partly inspired by the avant-garde houses the city produces, and yet it’s been sensitively scaled and proportioned so as to meld into its traditional surroundings. The house is home to Johnny Lökaas, a retail design specialist, and his husband Conny Ahlgren, an art dealer and cafe owner.

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Lökaas and Ahlgren, with the help of their architect, have managed to produce a house with floor levels that flow into one another, and the spaces themselves are filled with a bright and airy atmosphere. The open plan layout allows natural light to filter down from the top of the home, to the bottom.

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The ground floor of the home contains a small but functional kitchen and dining area. The next level acts as a living room/library, with views of the street below framed by a large custom designed bookcase by Elding and Oscarson. It also serves to hide the ventilation system.

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The final floor of the house contains the bedroom, bathroom and a small roof terrace. The terrace features a see-through metal grille providing views of the street front, while also maintaining a degree of privacy. Each level of the Town House contains both single and double height ceilings helping to define areas within an otherwise open volume.

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The project was completed back in 2009, and is a great example of how innovative design of space and light can create a comfortable living space, within a small scale. From Lökaas: “We didn’t buy new furniture for the house, we just brought all our old things with us. It was actually more a case of getting rid of things than of acquiring new stuff.”

For more small houses check out The Domo Dom House from Poland that features a curvy exterior and a simple, functional interior. Or, star of Mad Men, Vincent Kartheiser’s small 500-square-foot cabin that’s been designed with a “down-to-earth” feel. See all small houses.

Via Dwell
Photos: Mark Seelen

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