© Åke E:son Lindman

TOWN HOUSE

Elding Oscarson

Landskrona, Sweden

Elding Oscarson

© Åke E:son Lindman

2009

125 sqm

From the architect. The narrow site is sandwiched between old buildings in Landskrona, Sweden. Though nicely situated by the beach in a growing region, this city has become notorious for its social problems, originally set off by the wharf industry crisis in the 80’s. Our lot has been empty since mid 1900’s. It is barely 5 meters wide with a tiny area of 75 square meters, facing a street but also a colorful hidden world inside the city block. We wanted keep a strong presence of this small-scale, motley, naturally worn place in the completed project – a feeling of almost being outdoor.

 

Immediately adjacent buildings are low, but the street is lined with buildings of various height, size, facade material, age, and approach. After careful study of the site dimensions through physical models, we reached the conclusion that the site was so small that a rectilinear approach would enrich the street with a novel feature, a syncopation of its rhythm, while staying sensitive to the environment. We wanted to create a sharp contrast; to express inherent clarity, but more importantly to highlight the beauty of the surroundings.

 

Our clients, a couple dealing with art and running a café, plan to settle here for good. As they want to use the house as a private gallery, they need walls for art, not for privacy. We made a single space, softly partitioned by thin exposed steel slabs. These span the entire width of the house and divide its program – kitchen, dining, living, library, bed, bath, and a roof terrace. A home office is located in a separate building across a small garden. Mechanical and service spaces fit next to the entrance. Gross area is 125 square meters.

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