Sunna 3 by STEG Arkitekter is a casual hideout designed to peel away the stress of city life.

Dappled sunlight dances on a pathway of wood planks, coaxing visitors up through a narrow forest passage. The endpoint is obscured by a stand of tall pines with swimsuits dangling from their branches. It could be the entrance to a treetop walk or a path to a secret swimming hole.

Tomas Haeger and Tina Linde’s desire for simple weekend and  summer living led STEG Arkitekter to design a multi-volume retreat for the couple on the island of Tjörn. Clad in locally sourced fir, the house perches on pillars directly atop boulders that mark the steep site.

Tomas Haeger and Tina Linde’s desire for simple weekend and summer living led STEG Arkitekter to design a multi-volume retreat for the couple on the island of Tjörn. Clad in locally sourced fir, the house perches on pillars directly atop boulders that mark the steep site. “The idea was a place for contemplation and recharging our batteries,” says Tomas. 

Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang

In a way, it’s both. The passageway leads to the retreat that Tomas Haeger, a management consultant, and Tina Linde, an organizational psychologist, share with their two children on the island of Tjörn off the west coast of Sweden. The home, located within an hour’s drive of their primary residence in Gothenburg, is a cross between a tree house and a beach house. “We wanted it to look summer, breathe summer, and feel summer,” says Tomas.

The Skelder globe light is by Lars Englund for Källemo; the Fox chair by Viggo Boesen and the Monet chair are from Sika Design.

The Skelder globe light is by Lars Englund for Källemo; the Fox chair by Viggo Boesen and the Monet chair are from Sika Design.

Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang

Although the Swedish coast is known for its rustic red cottages, when the couple began looking for their summer home, they had in mind something quite different—a stripped-down modern space with high architectural standards, plus a jetty nearby for their boat and a launch for paddleboarding. And they wanted a sea view.

A generously proportioned wraparound porch extends the living/dining area, which is sheathed on the inside in marine-grade plywood. Clerestory windows tucked beneath the shed roof bring in even more light. A Molded Plywood coffee table by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller joins a Hans Wegner Getama 290 sofa.

A generously proportioned wraparound porch extends the living/dining area, which is sheathed on the inside in marine-grade plywood. Clerestory windows tucked beneath the shed roof bring in even more light. A Molded Plywood coffee table by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller joins a Hans Wegner Getama 290 sofa.

Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Pint-Sized, No-Frills Summerhouse Rises From the Rocks on a Swedish Island

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