Combine creativity plus necessity and throw in a little Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry inspiration and what do you get? A cocoon. That expands. Really.
24H Architecture principals, Maartje Lammers and Boris Zeisser, out of Rotterdam, bought a small cabin built in the 1800's on the shore of Lake Övre Gla, located in the Glaskogen nature reserve in Sweden. They were limited by Swedish building regulations that prohibited structures over a certain square footage and regulations preventing any building within a four meter area of its borders. So they built an amorphous structure that extends- unfurls- like a butterfly. They call it Dragspelhuset, the accordian house.
When they occupy the summer home and want to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them, they extend the living room portion of the home out over the stream, which also happens to be one of the boundaries of the property. They literally are living over the water, with the extension staying clear of the ground.
The application of the cedar shingles reminds one of many of Frank Gehry's buildings.
They chose to line the interior walls with silver birch laths, and draped the area that extends with reindeer skins, which acts as excellent insulation. The furniture is lightweight and modern and the lighting is powered by solar panels.
I love to see the results of creative minds. While it might not be a place most would choose to live, it sure is a cool structure!
What do you think of it?