Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

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Today we will show you a beautiful country retreat in Aspvik, Sweden, a house architect Andreas Martin-Löf designed for himself. The property has been in his family since the 50s and Andreas renovated this beautiful place overlooking the Stockholm archipelago. Great material choices, layout and breathtaking views deliver a clean and cozy place, take a look!

Make sure to check out Andreas Martin-Löf website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :)

Description from the architects: In 1917, renowned restauranteur Sten Hellberg built a chinese-style tower high above Torsbyfjärden with a view overlooking the shipping lane towards Stockholm. The six hectare plot has been in the current owners’ family since the 1950s. In the 1960s a single-storey, period-style addition to the tower containing new living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom spaces was added.

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

The new building is made up of architectural elements that relate both to the original tower and the 1960s extension. Together they create an ensemble of buildings from three different eras. The new building is placed on a steep hillside. When viewed from the main house above, the new volume appears like a small outbuilding inserted between two pine trees. However, the sloping site allows for a two-storey house to be placed without competing with the original house for dominance. The lower floor includes an entrance hall, bedroom, bathroom and a sauna which is tucked into a crevice in the stone hillside. A staircase leads to a single, large room on the upper floor which contains kitchen, dining and living areas.

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

The house is constructed in steel, timber and glass and is placed on a concrete plinth. The faces of the plinth are angled by 5 degrees, which is reminiscent of traditional pagoda foundations and a subtle reference to Sten Hellberg’s chinese-style tower. The custom-made glazing is attached directly to the structure – with detailing adapted from the 1960s extension, while the characteristic projecting roof is borrowed from the existing tower. A sloping cast in-situ retaining wall creates an infinity swimming pool to the west and morning terrace to the east which visually cut through the lower storey. In the evening the pines are transformed into bonsai trees that reflect in the dark water of the pool.

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself


Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

We found this house at Contemporist.

Photos by Åke E:son Lindman.

Written by

Gisele Muller

I'm Gisele Muller, someone who loves communication, design, creativity, technology and everything in between. A Brazilian current living in Santa Cruz, CA. Twitter user: @gismullr

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