Situated in Varmdo, Sweden Villa Overby is only 250sqm in size but John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor managed to design and style it to really feel massive and spacious. Perched on a natural plateau within the rocky headland, the home sits on a Gotland limestone concrete foundation created to act as a large plinth with walkways beneath the roofs overhang on 3 sides and a large terrace with sunken pool and firepit facing out towards the bay. The very same limestone covered foundation continues into the property as the flooring finish producing a visual continuum from the outdoor to indoor zones.
The entry facade to Villa Overby presents a private wall that has been plastered and then completed in a matte black shade allowing the residence to meld into the shadows with only the glint of the glass within the entry door producing a focal point. The entry door is a pivoting ceiling high structure created with a thin lattice of black stained oak.
Only the entry facade is private with the other 3 sides clad in large expanses of structural glazings to make the most of the commanding views. The insulative glass is made with an outer layer of Optiwhite glass for a reduction of solar discolouration and an inner layer of thermal handle glass. The bottom of the glass frame is fully recessed and hidden among the limestone slabs making an invisible boundary in between the indoor and outside zones. To ensure rain and snow melt are kept at bay there is a hidden moat produced with a stainless steel channel and a limestone cover.
Although the home sits higher atop a rock bluff, there is access to a private dock by way of a wide wooden ramp that alternates between platforms and actions..
Down on the dock is a raised firepit total with bench for enjoying a water level ambiance of the bay. Here, neighbours can cease by in their boats and enjoy an evening of conversation and perhaps a fast ocean swim although staying warm by the fire.
There is also a bigger fire pit up on the deck subsequent to the pool. Here, the exact same scenario can take location with friends stopping by in their vehicles and possibly going for a swim in the pool. This larger, cozier fire pit is sunken, upholstered and sheltered from any ocean breezes.
The infinity edge to the pool blends with the uninterrupted ocean vistas. The pool is heated by a geothermal heat pump.
The geothermal heat pump also heats the home’;s floors and hot water system. Other sustainable and technological systems are a desalination unit that extracts tap water from the sea, a district cooling that pumps “free of charge” air conditioning into the residence, a wise control and monitoring answer that makes use of a web primarily based interface and is controlled by either the internet or a mobile handset.
The property appears out towards the sunsets and is made with an open social floor program that takes advantage of the western views. Even the 3 bedrooms located on opposite sides of the residence have walls of glazings with gorgeous bay vistas.
The option of creating a residence in a colourless geometric shape out of concrete and glass was a premeditated selection to develop an bold contradiction to the surrounding landscape. The trees stand tall and proud and their verticality is in direct contrast to the low profile of the home as is the brilliant shades of green and blue in the surrounding vistas.
The entry to the residence is centred on a simple rectangle with Master Suite on one side and a guest suite backing the coat closet, powder area and laundry facility on the other. Straight ahead is the social zone and hidden behind the kitchen is a second guest suite.
John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor
Photography by Ake E:son Lindman and John Robert Nilsson