When we go on holiday the primary goal for most of us is to relax. Whether it’s a weekend away from the daily grind, or a 2-month recuperation or soul-searching escape, we hope that our surroundings can help us get into a laid-back state of mind. Second homes especially need to be a departure from primary residences, and if you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, you’re probably hoping to find something a little like Archipelago House.

Archipelago House sits on one of the many islands that make up the Swedish capital of Stockholm. It was designed by Tham & Videgård Architects to be the perfect place for a relaxed getaway. The architects used wood and glass in this single storey residence to make it feel light and airy. Sitting in a pine forest looking out onto the Baltic Sea, the exterior has been stained black. This combined with a plywood screen on one façade and the shade above the deck creates irregular shadows that help the house disappear into the forest. Three volumes, each offset from the next, make up the interior of the house. An angled front façade was used due to the constraints of the site, but the staggered nature of the façade has a number of positives in itself. It allows for a maximum amount of sunlight to enter the rooms, and also gives them a little more privacy. Inside, the walls and ceiling have been painted white with blond wood being used for the floor and cabinetry.

There is a reason why we look to the north for so much design inspiration. Archipelago House may be modest in comparison to other second houses, but it fits the bill perfecting for anyone wanting a little time away from it all.