“A home built by two million Swedes!”
The Hemnet Home is a data experiment to lead the way for a new type of architecture.
Hemnet, Sweden’s most popular property site, asked Tham & Videgård to create Sweden’s statistically most sought after home. To do so, they analyzed 200 million clicks and 86 000 properties on Hemnet. They could determined the ideal measurable properties of the home including size, price, number of rooms, bathrooms and floors.
“To this Tham & Videgård have added a reading of the Swedish house condensed into two iconic types: the red wooden cottage that represents history, local resources, crafts and national building traditions, and the white functionalist box which stands for modernity, optimism, industrial development, the welfare state and international ideals.”
The result is a mathematical translation of the statistical 1.5 floors within a cubic volume, clad in wooden boards painted with traditional Swedish Falu red colour, inspired by the heritage of carefully detailed timber architecture.
The open kitchen is a crucial part of the design. “It is one of the home’s most important social spaces, emphasised with a double floor to ceiling height and the inclusion of space for both dining and stairs.
A terrace is inscribed within the cube and thus provides a sunny terrace protected from the wind and also offering privacy. This is beneficial, particularly for denser housing areas. The kitchen’s extra floor to ceiling height together with one large window placed in each room combines into a simple and energy-efficient construction filled with generous daylight and a spacious interior.”
Interesting project, right?
I’m curious to know if our Swedish readers agree – Could this be the perfect home?
Photos: Tham & Videgård