Dalarö, Stockholm, Sweden
Sitting on a slope and rocky terrain, the Dalarö House is the latest residential project by USA-based architecture studio Olson Kundig, and it is a summer house commissioned by an American couple who wanted a retreat that will give them a deep connection with nature.
“The site had a lot of exposed stone, and we wanted the home to feel nestled into it and quiet to the surrounding landscape,” says Tom Kundig, Co-Founder and Principal in Charge of Olson Kundig.
Some parts of the house are meticulously embedded into an outcropping of granite, with the hardscaping elements encircling and intersecting with this rock formation.
The team extensively incorporated natural elements to emphasize its connection to the landscape.
The exterior of the Dalarö House features pine siding with a traditional and authentic Scandinavian finish.
A green roof adds a touch of greenery to the home.
Meanwhile, its entrance respects the color palette of the historic Strindberg Cottage, the former house of Swedish writer and painter Johan August Strindberg.
Taking inspiration from the pigment widely used in local villages and homes, the team incorporated the hue called Falun red into the design.
The team also shifted back to the west wing of the Dalarö House to create a corner window that frames a south-facing view of the famous cottage, thus creating a sense of unity between the two structures.
As for its interiors, the Dalarö House has clerestory windows that allow natural light into the home to reveal a rustic beach atmosphere thanks to oak floors and ceilings complemented by exposed concrete and tall walls of glazing that offer sweeping views of the water and rocks beyond.
The home hosts a spacious great room with an open kitchen, flanked by bedrooms and bathrooms.
Project: Dalarö House
Architects: Olson Kundig
Lead Architect: Tom Kundig
Project Manager: Chris Gerrick
Project Architect: Eric Druse
Design Team: Elisa Renouard and Annie Aldrich
General Contractor: Staffan Wincrantz
Photographers: Magnus Marding