Sum of Its Parts

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January 14, 2009
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. Read Full Article
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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.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    The Bossel family moved into their home a year ago from an apartment in central Stockholm that was half the size.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  The wide apertures of Sweden's Plus House crisscross to form a mathematical sign—adding up to a prime residence.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    The wide apertures of Sweden's Plus House crisscross to form a mathematical sign—adding up to a prime residence.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  Laminated-MDF cabinetry helps to hide clutter in the kitchen.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    Laminated-MDF cabinetry helps to hide clutter in the kitchen.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  A long, low credenza in the living room keeps the space feeling open and airy.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    A long, low credenza in the living room keeps the space feeling open and airy.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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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.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    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.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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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.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    Arkitekthus charges a little extra for the see-through staircase; the basic house has under-staircase storage, which is more practical but less beautiful.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  The pitched facade has a sculptural play of spruce siding and triple-glazed windows that reflect the surrounding treetops.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    The pitched facade has a sculptural play of spruce siding and triple-glazed windows that reflect the surrounding treetops.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  Sight lines are crucial to offering a sense of space, so Mikael's desk has views outside in both directions.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    Sight lines are crucial to offering a sense of space, so Mikael's desk has views outside in both directions.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  Molly and Jake watch TV with the balcony door ajar.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    Molly and Jake watch TV with the balcony door ajar.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  The master bathroom is one of few spaces that lacks windows, but it opens onto the brilliantly daylit master bedroom.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    The master bathroom is one of few spaces that lacks windows, but it opens onto the brilliantly daylit master bedroom.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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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.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    Triangular windows beneath the roof line are a common element in all of the second-floor rooms, including the master bedroom.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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  On the wide deck, the family enjoys some peace and quiet.  Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman
    On the wide deck, the family enjoys some peace and quiet.

    Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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