Small Concrete House Opens Up To The Swedish Landscape

In 2017 studio Collectif Encore designed a very interesting house in Sweden. The house is unusual in the sense that it’s as bare and simple on the inside as it is on the outside and that reminds us a bit of  another project that we reviewed a while ago: the Ark Home from Brenna, Poland.

The house looks like a concrete monolith, featuring matching walls and roof surfacesView in gallery
The house looks like a concrete monolith, featuring matching walls and roof surfaces
Sliding glass doors and large windows welcome views of the green surroundings inside the houseView in gallery
Sliding glass doors and large windows welcome views of the green surroundings inside the house

This 130 square meter Swedish beauty is a concrete house with a simple design meant to suit a modern lifestyle. Its facade and interior spaces are finished in the same material and the same color: light grey plaster. This ensures continuity between the indoor and the outdoor on a level that we’re not very familiar with.

The grey walls and polished concrete floors are complemented by numerous cozy-looking details such as this fireplaceView in gallery
The grey walls and polished concrete floors are complemented by numerous cozy-looking details such as this fireplace
The most eye-catching feature of all is a large wood volume which contrasts with the rest of the houseView in gallery
The most eye-catching feature of all is a large wood volume which contrasts with the rest of the house
The kitchen is framed by panoramic views and shares a very strong relationship with the outdoorsView in gallery
The kitchen is framed by panoramic views and shares a very strong relationship with the outdoors
The light gray kitchen cabinets almost perfectly blend into the wallsView in gallery
The light gray kitchen cabinets almost perfectly blend into the walls

Several sections of the house can be opened which solidifies the relationship between the indoor and the outdoor even more. Inside, the polished concrete flooring seamlessly connects all the spaces while the unfinished look of the walls creates a casual and modern vibe throughout the house. Furthermore, the gray kitchen cabinets blend in seamlessly and that’s a very cool detail in tone with the overall style and design of the house. A wood volume contrasts with the rest of the spaces bringing warmth and comfort inside.

Although minimalist almost to the point of being austere, the house is also very casual and comfortable-lookingView in gallery
Although minimalist almost to the point of being austere, the house is also very casual and comfortable-looking
The irregular geometry of the building gives this house a very cool vibe which transcends architecture View in gallery
The irregular geometry of the building gives this house a very cool vibe which transcends architecture
Several surfaces throughout the house can double as lounge areas or cozy sitting nooksView in gallery
Several surfaces throughout the house can double as lounge areas or cozy sitting nooks
The bathroom is one of the most colorful parts of the house and yet maintains a minimalist appearanceView in gallery
The bathroom is one of the most colorful parts of the house and yet maintains a minimalist appearance
The double-height interior volume creates a very open feeling and helps to create a fresh decorView in gallery
The double-height interior volume creates a very open feeling and helps to create a fresh decor
Because a lot of the interior spaces are multifunctional, this allows the house to maintain a small footprintView in gallery
Because a lot of the interior spaces are multifunctional, this allows the house to maintain a small footprint
The large wood volume contrasts with the concrete walls and floors and adds warmth to the interior designView in gallery
The large wood volume contrasts with the concrete walls and floors and adds warmth to the interior design
The fact that there are no traditional decks, covered porches or even a garden is unusual but not unexpectedView in gallery
The fact that there are no traditional decks, covered porches or even a garden is unusual but not unexpected