Ethereal like the fog that rises up from the northern seas, Villa Kymmendö is a glass home with sharp and pure lines designed by Swedish studio Jordens Arkitekter. The landscapes surrounding the property are truly breathtaking, while white beaches carving out sharp rocks and shady pine forests swaying in the wind recount a pristine, dramatic, and seductive nature.
We’re on a private island, just off Dalarö, in the southern archipelago of Stockholm, where Villa Kymmendö isn’t an extraneous body, but rather a gracious guest blending in with its surroundings. The project focuses on the relationship with the site, sparking a dialogue between internal and external spaces. Extending on a lot of 200 square meters, the home rises atop pillars with a cantilevered structure that’s both thin and clean, appearing light, like a box suspended in mid-air.
To render the property even more similar to a bright mirage, is its glass cladding. With the entire structure enveloped by windows, the confines between indoors and outdoors are nearly eliminated with an arcade serving as the ideal bridge — a comfortable and protected limbo where nature and domestic life meet. This idea of openness and transparency that distinguishes the external facade continues inside, where an open layout encourages fluid spaces. While the living room, dining area and kitchen are laid out one next to the other in a soft symphony over the landscape, bedrooms are gathered in a more intimate nest, tucked into the center of the home.
Here sit five bedrooms, while the bathrooms and another large room expand below, removed from sight for a bit of added privacy. As for materials, the cool glass is balanced with warmer elements like pine, or more tactile options, like Gotland limestone. Treated differently, in a game of textures and finishes that sparks movement in the overall linearity, the materials are associated to an essential yet decisive style.
The chromatic palette is proof, with vibrant autumnal accents ranging from the caramel of wood paired to a deep brown in the large leather sofa and the touches of yellow, orange, green, and rust in furnishings and fabrics. Meanwhile, a smaller guest house, consistent with the overall mood and forms, sits on the floor below, closer to the charming seafront. The glass home then is an open door, with plenty of space to welcome friends and family alongside a permanent guest: the powerful and spectacular northern landscape.