Bringing nature into the home
von | Jul 6, 2010

"Bringing the outdoors in" is a popular topic, and not only among US architects. Designed by Swedish architects Jonas Lindvall A&D, this private house in a small village south of Malmö applies the idea in a very spacious manner: Floor-to-ceiling glass walls that can be opened in their entirety enable the smooth linkage of indoors and outdoors. The house is located on the edge of a former quarry that is now an idyllic lake, and most of the house's interior was likewise designed by Lindvall, too.

The exclusive villa likewise stands out for one of the key features of minimalist architecture: the reduced range of shapes thrives on the properties of the various materials used and their perfect craftsmanship, something especially noticeable in the marble used in the bathrooms, the plain but highly expressive floor coverings, and the precise surface treatment of the walls. It becomes very apparent here what undermines an appreciation of Classical Modernism: If the architect removes an element from what is already a reduced system, then the overall balance is jeopardized. In other words, the same formal design, if prepared using less-quality materials or without the same high-quality craftsmanship tends not to be convincing.

all photos courtesy of Lindvall A&D