This is a project by Abelardo Gonzalez Arkitektbyrå and it is located at Halmstad, Sweden. Project's program: Single family house. There are eighteen images for Villa Trottaberg.
The proposal aims to present a house design in Trottaberg. The regulations of the detail plan give credit for architectonic quality and preservation of the site’s specific properties.
The site is characterized by a flat topography, a strong relationship with the forest at the East and the Northwest and a small-scale composition of space and materials. To the South-east the site provides with wonderful views to the sea. The property is orientated towards the East, giving a spacious feeling through its elongated shape.
The design strategy is to formulate an architectonic language that clearly relates to the site’s unique properties: a view to the sea or the forest, the configuration of its façades, the chromatic richness of the surroundings and its final outline.
The aim is to make use of the specific prerequisites of the site to achieve harmony between the nature and the house. The design started with a large amount of landscape analysis, relating the site’s topography with the seasonal colour palette together with its position, the relationship with the sun, wind and the view to the surrounding landscape.
The final work has resulted in a unique building, where its materiality aims to achieve a maximal harmony between the landscape and building, together with a beautiful and honest ageing.
The deliberate placing of the house on its topography offers the requisites that make an optimal relationship between nature, form and function (program) possible. The proposal shows cooperation between form, material and place, which makes for a harmonic unity of building and nature.
The plot is located in Sandhamn, Hamstad. The area proves to have a colourful identity with buildings dating from nineteen hundred, a large amount of villas from the period between 1940-1970 and house-types from 1970 and 1980.
To preserve the area’s characteristic settlement structure and the precious vegetation, the house was placed at the long side of the plot, to the left side, towards the North. This also promotes to open the house towards South, with a long lawn for a beautiful and well-proportioned yard.
The architectonic concept:
The clients’ wish was to relate to a program and design a house that could satisfy the specific functions and needs for living, as well as to relate to an architectonic language that would supply a personal approach to the dwelling. More specifically, a house where the social life would occur in the centre, with a big kitchen which communicate with the dinning- and family room.
The house is supported by two architectonic bodies, a rectangular core and a protective layer folding over itself. In this way the protective layer cooperates with the house construction. A composition of wall- and beam system cares for the primal load bearing while the secondary load bearing system is the protective layer. The definition of the concept is to create a building where the protective layer is conceived as a wrapping-of-space composition, supported by a wall- and I-beam system.
The space is organized around two axes at the entrance floor; the first axis starts at the main entrance and stretches along the house, ending with the fireplace in the living room. The second axis stretches from the private entrance, along the concrete wall and ends in the living room. At the second floor the main axis follows from the balcony, over the garage and ends in a French balcony at the East, with a little displacement at the stairs.