Villa Andersson is situated in Frösakull, Halmstad, looking out over the sea of Kattegatt. The villa displays a great architectonic quality while simultaneously preserving the site specific properties such as the view of the sea and forest, the configuration of its facades, the chromatic richness and contours of the surroundings whilst respecting the integrity of the local zoning plan.
The goal was to make use of the site’s specific prerequisites to achieve a complete harmony between nature and the building. This harmonic unity is created through the relationship and interplay between the site, form and materiality. The result is a unique house where the choice of material connects the villa to the landscape whilst ageing gracefully.
This house was conceived through a layered composition of a folded skin wrapping around spaces. The house has a soul of concrete cover with a roof of accoya wood treated with the Japanese technique of “Shou-Sugi-Ban”, burned and curated.
To create a complex and protective shell-structure that would enclose and enhance the space composition and the interior experience.
The house consists of two architectonic bodies, a rectangular concrete core and a protective shell folding over itself. The shell, which is made of a metal construction and cladded in wooden panels, fuses with the concrete core creating a building envelope that blurs the lines of the traditional architectural elements. The primary load is taken care of by a composition of wall- and beam system while protective shell cares for the secondary loads. The concrete core carries the first floor which creates a feeling of a floating slab.
This is reinforced by the open plan at the ground floor and by the floor-to-ceiling windows running along the façade.
The shell’s metal structure is clad on the outside with “Shou Sugi Ban”, (zwarthout_shousugiband) carbonized Accoya, panels 25 x 600 mm whereas the inside paneling is performed in oak, 22 x 120 mm. The remaining walls and soffit are performed in concrete. The surrounding terraces and gardens consist of different levels following the existing landscape.
Another important aspect of Villa Andersson is that it’s designed to have “lungs”. The house utilizes passive ventilation methods through roof windows, which in turn enables an abundance of natural light. However, during extreme weather and harsh winters, a sophisticated active ventilation system will take over for a continuing pleasant indoor climate.