Späckhuggaren: A House for a Drummer on Sweden’s West Coast

09.12.17 | By
Späckhuggaren: A House for a Drummer on Sweden’s West Coast

Built for a music and nature loving, single father, Späckhuggaren, or House for a Drummer, is located just north of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden beside open farmland. On the site, a barn and warehouse had burned down long ago but it had a clear influence on Bornstein Lyckefors’ design.

The box-like volume feels like a modern barn with its exterior painted a traditional Swedish Falu-Red color. Large barnyard-style doors flank the west-facing windows, adding to its rustic feel.

The client desired an open concept interior for better socializing. Concrete floors unite the ground floor with the outside patio while offering a clean, modern slate on the inside.

The second floor varies in heights to give some rooms higher ceilings while creating a connection between the levels.

The living room features a desk with surrounding plywood bookcases for storage. Plywood is one of the main materials used throughout the house with exposed ceilings, built-in furniture, stairs, and some walls. Elsewhere, a dark grey wooden fiberboard covers the surfaces, like in the kitchen.

Photos by Mikael Olsson.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief 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.