Every so often, we come across a piece of architecture that, despite any notions we had about what kind of architecture we though we liked, we fall in love with instantly. One of these is Hus-1 by Torten Ottesjo.
While Hus-1 is a free standing structure that can be moved around to anywhere in the world, it currently calls the beautiful west coast of Sweden home. We can’t help but think that folklore and a particularly Swedish sense of romance played a part in the conceptualization of this structure. There is a certain Seussian charm to Hus-1 as it spoons up to the landscape its in. The house runs along peak that that follows a c-shaped curve. The convex walls create a tulip silhouette and meet at the peak with no visible divide between wall and roof. The wooden shingles that cover the walls blend into the surroundings as they grey with age. The two opaquely glazed ends of the house hold their glass in organically shaped frames mirroring the trees outside. Inside, the house has been finished in a white that shines with the diffused light that flows in from outside. The living space has been arranged along the inside of the curve. Sleeping quarters are in a cozy little nook that sits in the heart of the space.
Hus-1 looks like it’s a rare piece of Swedish vegetation that scientist have yet to discover. Its shape and materials make it not only blend beautifully into the surroundings, but help make its inhabitants feel that same connection; making it the perfect spot for contemplation.