Hus-1 / Torsten Ottesjö

© David Relan

Hus 1 is an inspiring new house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö. With double curved surfaces, compact and efficient planning it is a house on the human scale that blends effortlessly into the surrounding nature.

Situated in the unique cultural landscape of the Scandinavian West Coast, Hus 1 reflects and communicates with its surroundings. The natural materials used in the construction have made it a friendly place for both humans and nature for its whole life cycle.

Photographs by David Relan.


The building was constructed on site. The idea was a house as personification – a structure designed to fit the needs of a two specific people. The majority of the furnishing is built into the house. The dwelling features convex walls which seam together with the floor creating both a sense of airiness and a naturally curved seating space along the sides of the interior. The structure is free-standing, so it can be moved anywhere; though the feeling is that it has actually sprouted out of the ground it rests on.

© David Relan
© David Relan

The 25 sqm house aims to provide a living space beyond understanding. It is supposed to fit, to enable – not to distract or cause attention. Torsten’s attention to the residents, the material, and the process itself means that that customization is implicit in the structure. The goal was to create a living space that blends effortlessly into its surroundings.

Cite: "Hus-1 / Torsten Ottesjö" 14 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>