An Idyllic Swedish Summer House Channels Japanese Vibes



This minimalist timber home in the south of Sweden offers a family of four a place to commune with nature.

When clients asked architect Johan Sundberg to design a holiday home in the tiny town of Ljunghusen, located at the southwesternmost tip of Sweden on a small peninsula in the sound, he saw an opportunity to go beyond the Swedish/Danish midcentury style in which his firm usually works.

Sundberg looked to Japanese architects like Kengo Kuma for inspiration for the design.

Sundberg looked to Japanese architects like Kengo Kuma for inspiration for the design. “We call it the Katsura typology, but that’s probably sacrilegious,” he says.

Photo by Markus Linderoth

“We wanted to move out of our comfort zone typology-wise,” he says, “and see where the Japanese courtyard houses would take us using Swedish carpenters and a normal budget.”

The 200-square-meter home is located in a pine forest on a sandy piece of land adjacent to Falsterbo channel, and a key requirement from the clients—a family of four with two teenage children—was to connect with the home with the landscape.

The project name, Summerhouse T (or Sommarhus T in Swedish),  speaks to both the first letter of the client's last name, as well as the T-shape of the home, which was integral to creating indoor/outdoor rooms.

The project name, Summerhouse T (or Sommarhus T in Swedish),  speaks to both the first letter of the client’s last name, as well as the T-shape of the home, which was integral to creating indoor/outdoor rooms.

Photo by Markus Linderoth

A sandy Siberian larch facade helps the home blend in with its surroundings, and a large wooden deck that surrounds the house on all sides but one extends the living spaces outside.

The clients wanted the house to be

The clients wanted the house to be “in contact with the forest, the ground, and the outdoors.” As such, the deck has no railing, and it hovers slightly above the ground, allowing the family to step right into the landscape.

Photo by Markus Linderoth

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