An unlikely Pinterest sensation: the house of Maria Förstberg, a librarian and weaver, located in Linköping, in southern Sweden. The structure, a pair of gabled volumes clad in corrugated aluminum, looks much like a child’s drawing come to life, and—in fact, it’s the work of Maria’s son, architect Björn Förstberg, and his partner, Mikael Ling, who are based in Malmo. (Interesting fact: It was Förstberg Ling’s very first project.)
Originally dreamed up as an entry for a sustainable housing exhibition in Linköping—planned back in 2013 and opening this September (see Vallastaden 2017)—House for Mother struck a chord, and instantly made the rounds on Pinterest. The architects explain that they aimed to “balance spatiality with intimate rooms, formal simplicity with strong materiality.” Translation: The design manages to be both airy and embracing, clean-lined and full of life. And all of the materials choices are budget friendly. Join us for a look.
Frequently asked questions
Where is the house located?
The house is located in Sweden.
Is the house expensive?
No, the house is designed to be cost-conscious.
Are there any unique design features in the house?
Yes, the house features custom-made plywood furniture and a large sliding glass door that maximizes natural light.
What is the size of the house?
The house is approximately 1,200 square feet.
How long did it take to build the house?
It took about a year to complete the construction of the house.
What inspired the design of the house?
The design of the house was inspired by traditional Swedish architecture and the concept of lagom, which means 'just the right amount.'
Is the house self-sustainable?
No, the house is not self-sustainable, but it is designed to minimize energy consumption and reduce waste.
How much did the house cost to build?
The cost of building the house is not disclosed, but it is designed to be cost-conscious and affordable.
Are there any sustainable features in the house?
Yes, the house features a green roof, triple-pane windows, and sustainable materials throughout the interior.
Is the house available for rent or purchase?
The article does not mention if the house is available for rent or purchase.