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Issue 53 · A Fresh Start · January 2, 2013

Clean Slate Living with Johannes Norlander

Issue 53 · A Fresh Start · January 2, 2013

Some people go on diets; I declutter. Every New Year, I go on a mad rampage to rid my home of what I refer to as the detritus of life and fantasize about living clutter free.

I typically get about two days in before back-to-work and back-to-school obligations take over, and I am thwarted from starting the New Year with a completely clean slate. This year, inspired by House Älta, designed by Swedish architect Johannes Norlander, I am determined to see it through.

Photography by Rasmus Norlander via Architizer.

House Älta, Johannes Norlander, white house on rocky outcrop

Above: The shape of the house was determined by the topography of the site. To reduce building costs, the owners decided to build only on the flat parts of the site, minimizing foundation costs.

House Älta, Johannes Norlander, white house on rocky outcrop

Above: The 20-foot-high house is built on a hilly site on the main street of Älta, a small town on the outskirts of Stockholm. At its widest point, the house is 15 feet.

House Älta, Johannes Norlander, white plastered walls, gray concrete floor, red electrical cord

Above: White plastered walls and a concrete floor take the finishes back to basics.

House Älta, Johannes Norlander, kitchen with open tread stair and red chair

Above: Maintaining a clutter-free existence requires self-discipline and an impeccable storage system.

House Älta, Johannes Norlander, open tread stair, stacked wood by wood burning stove

Above: A simple wood burning stove adds warmth to the otherwise austere interiors.

House Älta, Johannes Norlander, stair landing, white floors and walls

Above: The 1,700-square-foot house has a living space and kitchen on the first floor. The second floor houses three bedrooms, a small library, and a bathroom.

House Älta, Johannes Norlander, white house on rocky outcrop, simple concrete stairs

Above: Even the elevation is clutter free.

N.B.: Do you want to live clutter free in 2013? See Johannes Norlander in Sweden for another inspirational project.



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