At the northern end of the Stockholm archipelago, a humble cottage becomes a gorgeous seaside retreat for a nature-loving family.

A place of unspoilt nature, the island property spans approximately 1.6 acres.

When Stockholm–based architecture practice Kod Arkitekter was asked to design a summer retreat on a Swedish island north of the capital, the brief came with the unusual request that the small cottage on site be preserved.

Naturally, the existing 700-square-foot structure became the starting point for the design of the new residence, which combines cues from the building’s simple gabled form built in the Scandinavian cottage vernacular with a simplicity inspired by Japanese design.

A place of unspoilt nature, the island property spans approximately 1.6 acres.

A place of unspoiled nature with breathtaking views, the island property spans approximately 1.6 acres in size.

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Expanded to 2,260 square feet, the Summer House in the Stockholm archipelago seamlessly integrates the existing cottage with a common roof and, through careful design restraint, emphasizes strong connections with its forested surroundings and exceptional sea views beyond.

The house is clad in vertical planks of black-painted fir.

The house is clad in vertical planks of black-painted fir.

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Pictured on the left is the former cottage that's located on the north side of the house. It houses two bedrooms, a kitchenette, dining area, bathroom, and a mud room.

Pictured on the left is the former cottage that’s located on the north side of the house. It houses two bedrooms, a kitchenette, dining area, bathroom, and a mud room.

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See the full story on Dwell.com: An Inspiring Island Retreat Mixes Scandinavian Style With Japanese Simplicity

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