The cabin is a summer escape for Maartje Lammers and Boris Zeisser, principals of the Rotterdam-based practice 24H Architecture. They bought an 18th-century fisherman’s cottage in the lakeland depths of southern Sweden’s Glaskogen nature reserve,four years ago, and set about transforming it.
To gain the extra space needed to make the cabin a decent size, and to take full advantage of the view over the adjacent stream, Lammers and Zeisser hit on the idea of an extending house.
The original cabin is now the bedroom, while the turtle-like 30 sq-metre extension can be expanded using pulleys and a retracting steel frame mounted on roller-bearings. In this way, the living room can be projected over the stream without breaking building laws because this part of the house has no foundations and stands clear of the ground.
The family can open the windows of the cabin’s head wide and sit above the meandering stream. When they return south in the winter, they pull the head back in, and the cabin is, once again, no bigger than is allowed.
The architects call their unusual summer home the Dragspelhuset, or “accordion house”, and, although this is the place they go to escape the rest of the world, the cabin has caught the eye of the international architectural media.
If the exterior is eye-catching, the interior is a delight, its sinuous walls lined with silver birch laths, and draped, like a Sami tent, with reindeer skins. The furniture is lightweight and modern, the lighting powered by solar panels, and the sense of space far greater than you might imagine.
4 Responses to “Accordion House by Maartje Lammers and Boris Zeisser”
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.