Sum of Its Parts

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January 14, 2009
Originally published in The Prefab Issue
Taking cues from traditional Swedish rooflines but rejecting the precedent of subpar prefab, Claesson Koivisto Rune bring light and style to their "site-generic" design.
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  The Bossel family moved into their home a year ago from an apartment in central Stockholm that was half the size.
    The Bossel family moved into their home a year ago from an apartment in central Stockholm that was half the size.
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  The wide apertures of Sweden's Plus House crisscross to form a mathematical sign—adding up to a prime residence.
    The wide apertures of Sweden's Plus House crisscross to form a mathematical sign—adding up to a prime residence.
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  Laminated-MDF cabinetry helps to hide clutter in the kitchen.
    Laminated-MDF cabinetry helps to hide clutter in the kitchen.
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  A long, low credenza in the living room keeps the space feeling open and airy.
    A long, low credenza in the living room keeps the space feeling open and airy.
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  The spruce panels that coat the second-floor exterior will fade in tandem with the zinc-coated steel that rims the glazed windows and doors. "They will go gray like we do," says Claesson.
    The spruce panels that coat the second-floor exterior will fade in tandem with the zinc-coated steel that rims the glazed windows and doors. "They will go gray like we do," says Claesson.
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  Arkitekthus charges a little extra for the see-through staircase; the basic house has under-staircase storage, which is more practical but less beautiful.
    Arkitekthus charges a little extra for the see-through staircase; the basic house has under-staircase storage, which is more practical but less beautiful.
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  The pitched facade has a sculptural play of spruce siding and triple-glazed windows that reflect the surrounding treetops.
    The pitched facade has a sculptural play of spruce siding and triple-glazed windows that reflect the surrounding treetops.
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  Sight lines are crucial to offering a sense of space, so Mikael's desk has views outside in both directions.
    Sight lines are crucial to offering a sense of space, so Mikael's desk has views outside in both directions.
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  Molly and Jake watch TV with the balcony door ajar.
    Molly and Jake watch TV with the balcony door ajar.
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  The master bathroom is one of few spaces that lacks windows, but it opens onto the brilliantly daylit master bedroom.
    The master bathroom is one of few spaces that lacks windows, but it opens onto the brilliantly daylit master bedroom.
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  Triangular windows beneath the roof line are a common element in all of the second-floor rooms, including the master bedroom.
    Triangular windows beneath the roof line are a common element in all of the second-floor rooms, including the master bedroom.
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  On the wide deck, the family enjoys some peace and quiet.
    On the wide deck, the family enjoys some peace and quiet.
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