Renowned architects Franson Wreland are behind this cozy and tasteful villa design with a total surface of 294 square meters, located in Stockholm, Sweden. The residence (discovered on Skeppsholmen) accommodates seven rooms and was especially developed for a large family. The wooden exterior surrounded by a beautiful garden is not very revealing. That is why, once inside, a potential visitor is likely to feel overwhelmed by the imposing layout and overall design.
The double height living room is framed by floor to ceiling glass windows, opening into the sheltered garden and cozy patio. The simplicity and nobility of Swedish design are present throughout, creating a home filled with character. White walls enhance the feeling of space and splashes of color were carefully “dropped” here and there to liven up the rooms. The second floor is introduced by a lovely bookcase and by a comfortable reading space. Enjoy the virtual tour below and tell us what you think!
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.