Check out Visiondivision’s latest work – a residential extension to an old Swedish house. Expanding upon the clients’ taste in the traditional Swedish houses with mullion windows, or ‘spröjs’ in Swedish, the team set out to exploit the building component by introducing ”a huge mullion window as its main feature.” The mullion window becomes the focal point of the house as it covers the front facade and opens toward the garden that slopes toward the nearby lake.
More images and more about the residence after the break.
Typical of Visiondivision’s strategies, the mullion design becomes an aesthetic expression as well an a functioning entity. For instance, the firm extruded the mullion inward to become different types of shelves. ”The shelves where then designed for different functions for a relaxed and life cherishing atmosphere; a work space, a space to hangout and enjoy a coffee or breakfast, and a lot of storage places for books, DVDs and such,” explained the team.
The landscape helps divide the house into different levels with the upper level becoming more leisure oriented with a master bedroom and a coffee/breakfast shelf in the mullion. On the thin middle level, the house holds a wardrobe that can be reached from the upper and lower level and a fire place with storage for timber in the mullion. The lower level is more work related with a room for clothing care and a small home office in the mullion.
The house is connected to the chief house via a glass corridor with a small stair that leads up to the main buildings dining room. The glass corridor also serves as the entrance to the two outdoor areas; one toward the lake for the sunrise and one toward the back of the building for Swedish midsummer sunset.
Partners in Charge: Anders Berensson & Ulf Mejergren
Contractor: JW Byggteknik
Location: Edsbro, Sweden
Project area: 30 sq. m
Project year 2009-2011Photographs: Clive Jenkins