Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An Accordian House

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? 



  1. I have always loved this building, and what is interesting is that seeing it again (and I had forgotten about it - so thank you for featuring it) it truly is utterly timeless. Neither in nor out of fashion. Just quietly sitting there, on the creek bank, as a very beautiful and very clever piece of architecture. As all good architecture should be.

  2. This place is so COOOOL! Love great architecture but this has been taken beyond. It's truly fabulous!

  3. Hi Virginia-
    I was surprised to see that this home was built between 2002-2004 and for 80,000 euros. How did I miss it before? One reason why I love the internet- it expands one's horizons. Thanks for visiting! I am off to visit you...

  4. It's definitely expanding mine...Not in a million years would my mind go there, but I'm utterly intrigued by one that will. I've missed visiting with you. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas...and planning a fabulous New Year....hopefully for yourself and not someone else.

  5. This is really beautiful and quite unique, I don't think I've seen anything quite like this...beautifully fitting for the landscape it's been built on.

  6. Hi Ann how fabulous I imagins a summer spent in there would be magical its certainly creative fay xx

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