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Townhouse / Elding Oscarson

  • 01:00 - 29 July, 2011
Townhouse / Elding Oscarson
Townhouse / Elding Oscarson, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Landskrona, Sweden
  • Architect

    Elding Oscarson
  • Structural Engineer

  • Builder

  • Construction Cost

    280,000 Euro
  • Area

    125.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The narrow site is sandwiched between very old neighboring buildings in Landskrona, Sweden. Since mid 20th century it has been empty, waiting behind a wooden fence. It is only 5 meters wide with a tiny area of 75 square meters. Immediately adjacent buildings are low, but the street is lined with buildings of various height, size, facade material, age, and approach. Behind the row of buildings is a colorful world of back yards, brick walls, sheds, and vegetation. We find this small-scale, motely, naturally worn place extremely beautiful.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

The building relates to the surroundings in scale, proportion and in the way it adds to the established rythm of low and tall buldings along the street. A perpendicularly inserted crow-step gabled house a few lots down the street is a particularly important ancestor. Yet, our aim is to create a razor sharp contrast, to express inherent clarity, but more importantly to highlight the beauty of the surroundings. Our clients, a male couple that love art and run a café in a bigger city closeby, plan to settle here for good. They see the potential in this small town, beyond its current economic and social problems.

floor plans
floor plans

Compressed slab construction, unconventional ceiling heights, and the ground floor flush to the street level, permitted fitting three floors into a volume aligned with the neighboring rooftops. The interior consists of a single space, softly partitioned by three 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 for a growing side business of art dealing is located in a separate building across a small garden in the back. Mechanical and service spaces are housed next to a glazed entrance from the street.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

Our intention is to use small means to create an array of different spatial experiences in this very small project. The division of the single space aims at a non-minimalistic and lively sequence of confined and airy spaces, niches, interiors and exteriors, horizontal and vertical views as well as carefully framed views of the site. The continuous interior space is opening up to the street, to the middle of the block, and to the sky above.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

The openness to all directions generates a building both monolithic and transparent. All facades are treated equally, exposing the interior and offering views through the building with similar apertures whether on the front, back or sides. The neigboring facades are closed, yet there is something deeply humane about their tactility, detailing, and ornaments. We want to contribute to the street with a faded border to the private sphere, with artifacts, furniture, plants, and patios; traces of human presence, consideration, and care.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman
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arkeopatias · August 01, 2016

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Yousif · February 16, 2013

How insensitive to its context. Horrible

trey · July 13, 2012

this is inspired by moriyama house by ryue nizhizawa . even some chairs in the model looks like the chairs designed by sanaa. nice house though.

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Immediate Entourage · November 03, 2011

Good call, totally looks like the logo.

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Edouard Coleman · August 03, 2011

"A Sphere" is totally right: That s japanese style!!

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WM Design · July 31, 2011

Can you imagine a North Wales Planning Authority approving this....we wish!

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H-J · July 30, 2011

If we all have to build like the houses next-door we would still be living in caves/huts. Simply a great project. Would love to live in it/ Would love to live next-door to it.


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La casa esta totalmente fuera de contexto, prefiero las casa de al lado en todo caso.

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Lars van der Werf · July 30, 2011

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Yousif El Helw · July 30, 2011

how disgusting.

Al · July 30, 2011

Good building. Bad example.

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Ukraine · April 05, 2011

As for me very white!

Dolmetscherin in Kiew · March 23, 2011

Interesting idea. contrast.

richibor · February 15, 2011


davidsilvosa · February 12, 2011

recuerda aquello del contexto.

Naiji Jiao · February 02, 2011

This house is really making people feel fresh and nature!

António João Antunes · February 01, 2011

I agree mostly with Leonardo explanation and other fellow colleagues that mention the influence Japanese Architecture and the similarity with Tado And's work.
I should add that this work is a flop concerning with colour of the building, also.
First and foremost, Sweden is a very cold country.
Therefore, what you need here to absorb the heat is dark colours not white to reflect it.
White is proper from the mediterranean contries, I'm sorry but you have made a big mistake here.
You can do "modern" forms in ancient cities; you just have to study a little bit more and pay attention to the word "context".

Übersetzer Russisch · February 02, 2011 12:51 AM

I guess, António João Antunes is right, it is out of place / context and an outlier exactly due to this reason. Still, I am really curious about whether you could call it a split-level house, since I have been looking for split-level schemes and this house seems to be akin to my idea of modern urban split-level architecture.

bovolo · January 26, 2011

@martindonato A mí, en su sencillez, la que más me gusta es Para vivir no sé, pero me gusta

Übersetzer russisch · December 17, 2010

Just one question : is it a split-level house (not in the conventional Midwest American farmer house sense)? Thx

JISUK LEE · August 04, 2010

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Mariana Marcon · March 10, 2010

RT @peblandino: RT @williansanfer Arquitetura: Townhouse *Beautiful!

Penelope Blandino · March 09, 2010

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Goshia · March 04, 2010

A remarkable example of urban compaction small modern buildings. I liked it.

Patrick Arias · February 12, 2010
... · February 12, 2010

I would say this house is very sanaa in a good way.
- the small garden, the light, the white walls, the furniture, the small terrace, the airy volume, the plans, the model, the probably carefully placed openings, the way all the rooms are connected - sanaa;
- all these things seem to make sense since the house seems to be very livable, very "homely", and the lifestyle of the clients is probably very urban etc so the recipe would be succesful;
- the question of the relationship to the context is difficult - it is hard to fight with the first picture > I would rather regard it as a valueable addition than a disturbing element;

not too loud · February 04, 2010

simple and full of space! it's perfect. i just think there is no room for adding any new thing to a particular space....i mean, it is designed in a way that you can not change anything. you have to be neat and clean all the time!

majchers · February 03, 2010

Nice S.O.B. !!!
I would to a bit more (study work) on the roof/second storey area but overall I like it ! Great little project. I love it!

Juliana Lahóz · February 02, 2010
twiter_adnim · January 27, 2010

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Pedro · January 25, 2010

How can someone say this is architecture???Where's the relation with the context????This is very poor understanding of an architect's job. This is ignorant, self centered, poor architecture...

alex tough · January 25, 2010

it just like the guys said beyond me.
due to the house itself ,more lovly.
but,in this situation is awful.
more like ando's house.
ha,i mean the whole concept.

Mina · January 23, 2010

pretty but OUT OF CONTEXT

odie · February 02, 2011 08:07 AM

out of context but PRETTY

juliana alves · January 23, 2010

ai, que casa linda:

onion_soup · January 22, 2010
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j thirteen ward · January 22, 2010

in case you can&#39t find us, we are the only house w/ a glass door

Naning Utoyo · January 22, 2010

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BenJ · January 22, 2010
Luca · January 22, 2010

this is architecture

Eric · January 22, 2010

Simply a beautiful project.

dandelion · January 21, 2010

really cool! I live in Sweden and am interested in architecture, but had totally missed this!

Joshua · January 21, 2010

I'm not sure if I like the front approach - the blank wall is not as inviting as the other houses with windows on human level. Perhaps they should have broken it up a bit to make it look less like an office building... but then again I am judging from photographs. Maybe the experience will be better in person...

Other than that, I like the project!

Nicholas Patten · January 20, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Townhouse.

George · January 20, 2010

There are some freakily repressive notions being expressed here. Like new buildings ought so sit timerously like little mice, scared to be seen or make any kind of impact on their context!

It's a cracking project, and makes the street scene look much more characterful in total.

urko · January 20, 2010

sanaaish home + eames chair + white fixie what an ultra-trendy hipster lives here?

Andy Marshall · January 20, 2010

RT @MatDolphin: I bet the neighbours love this! #architecture

vangelis ntallis · January 20, 2010

modernism fulfilled (written in helvetica)

repoman · January 20, 2010

It is a marvellous house for a couple. It seems to be well detailed, simple and minimalistic and still it feels like a home. It is like a ghost vanishing to its background skies. It exists and doesn't at the same time. It is not actually doing any harm to its neighbours even though it is totally different anb taller even. It is a built manifestation of difference.

What happens when time passes and this house gets new dwellers? I suppose these ordinary looking neighbours allow many different lifestyles. Is this new thing flexible, does it last time? In 125 sqm it should be possible to have a family with atleast one kid living in there too. If not now, maybe in the next decades. In the millieus like this (ordinary historical buildings that are still lived in and not only museums) it is important to think beyond lifestyles of this generation at the moment. Individual intentions and interpretations of built environment over community's unity and harmony is not the correct thing to do at this milieu.

What happens if some close neighbours begins to have same kind of fantasies to have a similar house on their own plot? Can we accept the same kind of difference elsewhere too? Or is it just ok to do it once but not twice?

This building rises many interesting issues in architectural point of view but also in life in general. It makes this quite ordinary and minimalistic house more like an artwork in the field of architecture and built environment.

majchers · February 12, 2010 08:51 PM

Dear 'repoman', you rarely build houses for the future generations. You build them for yourself first and the utmost. Designing things for the unknown future is risky. See all those millions of alike apartments (flats) in the formerly communist countries. Soooo uuuggglyyyyyyy... !
And here if someone in the future will want to utilize this house differently then they can always modernize it to their standards and likings of their time.
If the neighbors will begin to have same kind of fantasies - so be it! Let them!
We will haw two, and not one modern dwellings on Archdaily!

P.S. I like this house more for the interior then the exterior. The later one lacks appreciation to the neighborhood. As much as I am in favour of sharp architecture this house crossed the border.

arkitekt · January 20, 2010

Beautiful house, but they should have worked with the form a bit more on the context. Seems so incredibly stubborn to stick with that goddamn white box on that medieval street.

Lasse · January 20, 2010

Very blissfull peace feel to it. I like the SANAA umami spice they smothered it in.

PRICE: 125m2 at 280k € = 2240€ pr m2.
In Denmark (same same but different) that will buy you a standard house with standard hights and standard fittings etc.

Since this is way above standard its actually cheep. Ask about the pricelevel on food and cars here, and you will get an even more eyebrow-raising answer :-)

Dustin · January 20, 2010 09:47 PM

And to think I just built a house for under 300€ pr m2 here in Mexico, and it was above a standard house.

kudz · January 20, 2010

way to ruin the whole vista aestheticians!

Leonardo Ximenes · January 19, 2010

To Eldin Oscarson Architects:
My first comment here is: you’ve created a beautiful corbusian house, the inner space clearly and cleverly articulated, and full of light. It must be a delight to live there. And I like the way you let the terracota-colored facade of the neighbor follow the depth of the entrance.
My next comment is not so nice: Take a second look at that street. By the pictures, it seems to be a place inspired on medieval design. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that most houses are scaled horizontally, and then go on a crescendo until the vertical spire at the end of the street. That’s a kind of harmony that only time can give. Your aim is to disturb that harmony, as you yourself stated: “our aim is to create a razor sharp contrast”. If that’s what you wanted, the client wanted, and the city permitted, there’s nothing anybody could do about it. But then you go on to say: “but more importantly to highlight the beauty of the surroundings”, and “The building relates to the surroundings in scale, proportion and in the way it adds to the established rhythm of low and tall buildings along the street”, and yet “We want to contribute to the street with a faded border to the private sphere”. These are void attempts to validate your disturbance of that setting, to give this house the aesthetic right to be there. That’s dishonest, and you know that. We architects need to stop inventing excuses for our whims; that’s not instructive, not to mention ethical.
It is possible to create something different, yet contributing to the surroundings, as Michelangelo proved with his masterful intervention on the Campidoglio. But here, you killed a beautiful street with your beautiful house.

shetu · February 02, 2011 10:16 AM

Very wise judgement.

FG · January 19, 2010

It's nice to see a Japanese style "inslag" as they might say in Sweden into a somewhat homogeneous environment (look at the taller house at the end of the block and across the street). Beautifully minimal but with good outdoor contact - warm minimal, if you will...

I'm actually surprised that the local authorities allowed it; kudo's to them for doing so.

A note, it seems a lot of people opt for quirky grating in their homes, in the US (see This Old Houses last season "barn" project). In Sweden, even though people remove their shoes upon entering houses, slippers or indoor shoes are normally worn.

amron · January 19, 2010

very cool!
like japanese projects
... now it's in the context

Doug · January 19, 2010

Fun space, especially like the rear office. Have to agree with sander that the mesh deck probably isn't too comfortable on bare feet. The bathroom layout also makes for an interesting view out while sitting on the toilet.

The contextual placement is very reminiscent of a Saitowitz project in SF on a friends house. It's not published, but use google street view for 138 Germania Street, San Francisco and you'll see.

Rarchi · January 19, 2010

reminds me on SANAA's projects and also models

INawe · January 20, 2010 01:37 AM

Jonas Elding worked for SANAA between 1999 and 2007. Hence the SANAA feel.

Matt · January 19, 2010

Very cool.

Fudge · January 19, 2010


Dustin · January 19, 2010

It does seem somewhat expensive, on the other hand, Sweden is a very expensive country.
I think it’s great because it’s so simple it probably had no problem meeting historical building preservation requirements (if that was the case). It does look incredibly similar to the archdaily logo though, and that has happened before.
haha I also liked the model with the little dressed up people, great way to sell an idea to a homosexual couple.

pep · January 19, 2010

........out of context

sander · January 19, 2010

What I don't understand is why do you make a bridgedeck from meshes to go to the bathroom. Not very comfortable on your bare feet.

prkno · January 19, 2010

280 k bit much ?

A Sphere · January 19, 2010

japanese goes swedish

AD's Logo on Fire

Edouard Coleman · August 03, 2011 04:45 PM

Ah ah!! You re right!

archilocus · January 19, 2010

I somehow agree with ..., but it is very pleasant to see architects doing something totally different than what you would actually expect there without being in the same time blob architecture...
The plans seem to work very well. I like the kind of sketchy style of the drawings (don't know if it's done by hand or by that new kind of autocad-like fake handsketch rendering, but it's nice anyway). My only concern is about the mesh on the terrace to avoid the standard railing, the effect is not as nice from the inside.

Richie · January 19, 2010

Whatever the justification they give about the variable character of the street, it still seems jarring within that context in terms of its scale and gleaming white finish. It's a beautiful object though.

... · January 19, 2010

is it inspired in arch daily logo?

i think that this building does not match in that context, i agree about wanting to do a fabulous architecture the architect like, but there are more things to care about when you make a project, like its situation. this building would be the same in japan.

Sam O · January 19, 2010 06:06 PM

At first look, I totally agreed with you, and to some extent still do think that this building sticks out like a sore thumb... but... if you look at more pictures of the location, and read more about the architects analysis of the context, it seems like this locality is a mad and diverse mix of architectural styles - not entirely a local vernacular.

I think the architect has consciously decided to add another architectural style to the mix. It is to be expected that some will praise this, whilst others will hate it. Personally, I think only time will tell whether this architecture is accepted as part of the community, or scorned forever more!

Jacob · January 19, 2010


Andrew Geber · January 19, 2010

Oh, how blissful


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