Situated on a natural plateau atop a rocky headland of Varmdo 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 ou the impression of entering a new room.
|Size||2,690 sq. ft. (249.91 m²)|
|Lot||5,000 sq. ft. (464.51 m²)|
|Land||0.11 acres (0.05 hectares)|
|Architect||John Robert Nilsson Architecture|
|Photography||Ake Eson Lindman|