Wednesday, February 16, 2011

house of the week 102: forest guard's house

In the Åkulla beech forest east of Varberg, Sweden lies a cottage for the forest guard designed by architects In Praise of Shadows. The austere facade of tarred wood is broken to create a line of sight through the building to an almost mystical view over the lake. The palette of environmentally conscious materials of in situ concrete, zinc and teak, and the language of the details suggests a structure that aims to grow old and beautiful with its surroundings.