A Modern Villa in Sweden Clad in Blackened Wood

Just outside of Mölndal’s city center in Gothenburg, Sweden, Bornstein Lyckefors designed Villa Amiri with a minimalist, all-black exterior to blend in with the diverse architecture of the neighborhood. The simple volume, including the roof, is clad in tar-coated pine that’s often used on wooden homes in Sweden as a way to preserve the wood.

The windows break up the uniform exterior with perforated steel frames and wooden slats for added texture and sun protection.

Concrete floors, white walls, and dark elements finish out the interior with a clean aesthetic. Large windows and skylights filter light throughout, along with a central staircase that cuts through the darkest part of the interior with a perforated form that lets light through.

A cutout in the living room opens to the underside of the staircase, both of which help fill the interior with natural light. The space doubles as a seat.

The second floor houses the bedrooms and the top floor features an multipurpose room for the family. The same perforated steel is used as the railing keeping the bonus space feeling light and open.

Photos by Kalle Sanner.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.