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A long and narrow series of gabled volumes mimic the boathouse architectural typology commonly seen on the Stockholm archipelago in this modern residence by Swedish firm Tham & Videgârd Arkitekter. The striking line of five triangular roofs recall this shape yet subvert it by choosing hard, cold concrete as a main material rather than the lightness of the vernacular wood.

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The home is split into two distinct sections, separated by a glass canopy sheltering the entrances to both the common rooms and the master suite of the home. The larger volume contains a living and dining room that appear deceptively shallow from the outside.

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The pale plywood panels seen just beyond these cozy, modest living spaces are not walls but doors, sliding open to offer access to additional rooms, including three bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen.

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The texture of that plywood continues to the exterior of the home, as the concrete was cast against wood for a tactile appearance. The architects chose concrete in homage to the bedrock of the archipelago, referencing the setting in yet another subtle way.