- Name: Villa Overby
- Type: Modern Contemporary
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 4
- Size: 2,690 sq. ft.
- Lot: 5,000 sq. ft.
- Built: 2009
Situated on a natural plateau atop a rocky headland of Värmdö in Sweden, Villa Overby enjoys panoramic views across the bay and the evening sun to the west. The Gotland limestone on concrete foundation is crafted like a massive plinth, building walkways along three of the house’s façades under the roof’s deep overhangs. On the side facing the sea, the limestone-covered foundation opens out into a large terrace with a sunken swimming pool and recessed sitting area providing shelter from the wind. The same limestone-covered foundation forms the connected floor space throughout the house.
The entrance side of the house features a solid façade wall, plastered and decolored to matte black. The only interruption is a ceiling-high pivot door with a thin lattice of black stained oak filtering the light. The other facades are made up of a structural glazing system of full glass walls. The bottom of the glass frame is completely recessed and hidden between limestone slabs, making the boundary between outside and inside practically non-existent. A hidden moat around the house, constructed of stainless steel with a limestone cover, channels rain and snow water away.
The floor plan of the house, a simple rectangular shape, is clearly divided into private and social spheres. The private sphere is further divided into bedrooms, bathrooms and storage, built around an open concept living space. Instead of traditional doors, most openings are ceiling height. Simply turning the corner gives you the impression of entering a new room.
- Architect: John Robert Nilsson Architecture
- Photography: Ake Eson Lindman
- Location: Värmdö, Stockholm, Sweden