Atrium House, a warm and small refuge lost between the landscape

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Atrium House is situated on the Baltic Sea coast, in Gotland an area dating from the 10th century, a creeping and low house is located in this vast landscape. Tham and Videgard Arkitekter studio, moved there to build this project.

Atrium House stands around a courtyard, enclosing it completely and catching a small moment of the surroundings for its interior. On the other hand, the rest of the house opens outwards, where farm animals graze freely and calmly.casa-atrium-atrium-house-minimalism-vernacular-architecture-more-with-less-design-magazine-6

On a slightly narrow plant in order to shelter its users, on the other hand  we also find large windows towards the outside. A contrast of natural light and soft gloom in the corners of the house. The landscape floods the walls, functioning as the only interior decoration.

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Atrium House integrates into the architecture of its landscape, transforming the traditional construction into a minimalist but also cozy design.

The height of Atrium House is low, but to mimic the surroundings of wavy terrain, there are small unevenness on the floor. A subtle way to differentiate the diverse spatial qualities of the interior.

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Atrium House grows from a basic and organized geometry. Simple planes and large windows order a continuous interior space. Smaller rooms are designed as more solid blocks.casa-atrium-atrium-house-minimalism-vernacular-architecture-more-with-less-design-magazine-5

A house inspired by the traditional construction system of the area. A natural plaster-colored masonry that turns to gray by mixing it with coal. The exterior is designed with detail parts of metal zinc, slightly oxidized. The openings; oak solid doors and windows that have been treated with tar oil.  The whole set has a similar look to its surrounding architecture, remembering  barn closings.

Atrium House is an example of vernacular and minimalist architecture. Simple and organized. Its austere and local materials, economize the construction process and also gives a new meaning to its design.

Photos by Ake E: Son Lindman.

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