House Myttinge is a single-family summer house in the Stockholm archipelago, on a beautiful site with old trees. We have maintained the delineation between nature and architecture, in order to achieve a complex relationship to the surroundings. The simple structure of the house is based on generality rather than individuality. This creates a certain feeling of freedom from prescribed interpretation.
The two building volumes have been placed on a natural plateau at the edge of the site. Together with an existing cliff-face they form a courtyard in the simplest possible place-making way. The buildings have a uniform structure in the exterior with vertical piers embracing windows or blinds. The piers have an articulated form with a vertical character. These dark, broad piers regulate all sides, and give the facades order and rythm.
The exterior appearance is calm and simple, and the regularity of the facades has also been used to facilitate the preconstruction of the building parts. The custom-made zigzagging wooden surfaces were prefabricated in massive wood and mounted on panels for a precise assembly on site. The building was erected in a couple of days in an efficient and rational process.
Monumental forms in individual building elements create unexpected effects when they are used in domestic and small-scale settings. The vertical character of the broad piers gives some associations to the fluted pilaster. The slimness of the cornice in combination with the robustness of the piers create a somewhat ambiguous trabeation.
The interiors are restrained and balanced. The walls are white and the floor is polished concrete. The full-height vertical windows balance an openness to the surroundings in all directions with a clear demarcation of the interior space.
A certain unrelieved tension is maintained in relation to the experience of nature.