Delicately placed on the sandy shores of the Baltic Sea, Sommarhus H provides sanctuary among sea grasses and birch trees.

Siberian larch is the primary facade material. It's finished with a silicon-based protective treatment to allow the wood to weather more evenly.

The first thing you notice about Sommarhus H, designed by architect Johan Sundberg on the very southern coast of Sweden, is that it has been gently placed on the landscape, cradled by the beach and surrounding birch trees.

That’s typical of Sundberg’s work—”first and foremost, it’s always about the relationship to the site,” he says—but here, he wanted a structure that would “subordinate itself” to the trees and dunes, and put the idyllic natural surroundings at center stage.

Swedish architect Johan Sundberg designed this three-bedroom home in the southern Skåne region for a family of four. The parents grew up in the area, but they now live in Boston.

Swedish architect Johan Sundberg designed this three-bedroom home in the southern Skåne region for a family of four. The parents grew up in the area, but they now live in Boston. 

Markus Linderoth 

Sundberg designed the home as a simple box so it would "subordinate itself" to the sandy landscape of birch trees and sea grasses.

Sundberg designed the home as a simple box so it would “subordinate itself” to the sandy landscape of birch trees and sea grasses.

Markus Linderoth 

Located on the Baltic Sea in the Skåne region, the landscape is sandy, soft, and grassy, with no rock. This particular site has dunes and the sea to the south, farmland and patches of forest to the north, and a nature preserve to the east. There are sea grasses, birch and oak trees, firs and pines, wild rose and berry bushes.

Siberian larch is the primary facade material. It's finished with a silicon-based protective treatment to allow the wood to weather more evenly.

Siberian larch is the primary facade material. It’s finished with a silicon-based protective treatment to allow the wood to weather more evenly.

Markus Linderoth 

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Coastal Retreat in Sweden Feels Light as a Cloud Inside
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