Modern vacation cottages in Sweden by Thomas Sandell

Swedish architect Thomas Sandell has designed a cluster of eight modern vacation cottages on Stora Timrarö, an island in the Stockholm archipelago. There are two floor plans, both with three bedrooms in about 84 m2 (904 ft2). Each cottage comes with a separate 32 m2 (344 ft2) guest cabin containing an additional two bedrooms plus that Swedish necessity, a sauna.

The exteriors combine modern forms with traditional larch siding. However there is a twist as the siding boards are installed on edge over black roofing felt. As a result, the appearance of the wall changes depending on the angle at which you view it. A large deck joins the main cottage to the guest house, and exterior stairs lead up to a rooftop deck.

The interiors likewise combine modern floor plans with traditional cottage finishes. The walls and ceilings are white painted pine while the floors are oak, giving the homes an inviting casual and comfortable atmosphere. Both plans are on a single level with the bedrooms, bathroom and entrance foyer in a separate wing from the open-plan living area. Although these cottages were designed as vacation homes, the layouts would also work well for full-time living by a small family.

If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy reading about another project by architect Thomas Sandell, the renovation of a Mid-Century Modern house.

Photos courtesy of Behrer & Partners.

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