There is no money shot. No single photograph presents the complete picture of this home, composed of layered details and subtle strategies suitable to the landscape and climate … and more comfortable-looking with each closer look.

There is something of Mies in the rhythmic use of concrete, black and large floor-to-ceiling glass panels … but also something of Wright in the use of water, rocks and overlapping layers.

Elegantly elemental, the design embraces fire, water wind and earth with sublime simplicity, with a clearly-central hearth, zen-like rock-and-water pools, ?paths for wind (and areas of protection from it) and a close connection to the ground all around.

Alcoves are carved in to form a H shape wrapping around outdoor courtyards on either side of the structure.?Sloping rooftops tilt in toward the center, reinforcing the sense of a sheltered core.

Tectonic corten steel is balanced by thin-sliced horizontal rusticated wooden slats, giving the exterior a dignified aged appearance all around and blending it into its forest surroundings (as well as additional sunlight during long-dark times of the year).


An open fireplace connects inside and out, with covered patios connecting common outdoor spaces with more-sheltered interior ones. Designed by WRB Architects, this modest-but-powerful house sits outside of Stockholm.