With the world being so inundated with design magazines and DIY reality shows, the value that designers can give to a project seems to have become somewhat watered down. But few DIYers have the skill to articulate a vision and really allowing it to come to the front. One project where this is particularly clear is Townhouse by Elding Oscarson.
The house situated on a tiny 75 square meter site in Landskrona, Sweden. The area has had quite a turbulent history but is somewhat on the up now. With its rough past came quite a hodgepodge of residences that don’t read like your typical idyllic Swedish village. This allowed the architects to be comfortable with placing a modern aesthetic departure from the surrounding houses in such a mismatched community. The 3 storey white cubic structure juts right up against its neighbors. While the façade leads one to believe that the house takes up the whole plot, it does in fact not, and there is a little garden nestled between the main house and a home office at the rear of the garden. This seems counterintuitive for such a small plot, but actually makes sense when considered in how spacious it makes the house feel. The owners requested lots of wall space so that they could use it to display their art rather than keep their privacy, so the interior space is quite open with only the steel slabs separating the floors. Inside, most everything is painted white, including the mesh balustrades. Large glass windows with no treatments and the glass front door mean that the house opens up to the world outside.
Townhouse could only be possible though a thorough dialogue between Oscarson and the clients. Bold vision and creative execution are what make good architecture.