The two summer houses are located between two Fjords on the Swedish, northern westcoast. The site is surrounded by a nationalpark, the nature characterised by rounded rocks and leaning trees, bent of an always existing wind. Other houses in the area are mainly from the -50s and are rather in a summerhouse typology than the traditional sort for the area.
The house on one of the highets points in thea area was designed for one of the sons in a large family, his part of the families own household and a place for guesting friends. The other, smaller house was built for his parents. Together wit the existing house tthey form a group facing west and the sea.
The ground was left untouched so the houses floats above the rocks. Also above the rocks is it possible to walk around the houses on outdoor bridges and platforms, hanged from the facade. The contrast between the sometimes rough climate and the easy summerlife was the guide to the design of the buildings. A construction of timber is covered with nearly maintenance free materials. Painted parts are white according to the tradition of the coast.
Photography: Åke E:son Lindman
Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis ♀), in Chesapeake, Virginia.
My brother-in-law has voice trained the resident bluebirds. He makes a whooping noise when he puts meal worms in their feeder to alert them that food is available.
Worn marble staircase
Plants of the Day
Saturday 19 April 2014
Two bronze leafed performers in Beth Chatto’s magical woodland garden.
Left image - Polygonatum x hybridus ‘Betberg’ with emerging stems and young leaves stained chocolate brown, slowly fading as leaves mature. Here the foliage contrasts with Colchicum leaves.
Right image - Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’ leaves emerge as bronze highlights through a carpet of wood sorrel.
Happy Easter from the Hortus Horrei, Corte Eremo (Mantua).
Aquilegia vulgaris blooming now by the entry to the walled garden.
Fence, Culver City, CA