This Woodland Villa Enhances the Quality of the Landscape

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Nov 5, 2014
References: maxholst.se & dezeen
Max Holst Arkitektkontor designed this woodland villa for Swedish developer 'Strömma Project' in Varmdo, Sweden, a wooded region outside of Stockholm.

Holst covered the two-storey structure in black paint. Specifically, he used Falu Rödfärg, a traditional Swedish paint hailing from a copper mine in Dalarna. Traditionally, red shades are used to paint wooden villas, barns and cottages; however, Holst opted for black because of its earthy quality that better blends into the woodland surroundings.

Holst collaborated with the developers to create the layout, deciding on a rectilinear building with a south-facing facade. The biggest challenge for the architect was to create a home with enough square-footage, but which also didn't comprise the natural environment of the woodland.