Prefab House, Guest House and Sauna, Sweden

About Claesson Koivisto Rune

Project: Folded Roof House
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Year: 2008
Location: Muskö island, Sweden

Folded roof house is CKR second house for Swedish kit house manufacturer Arkitekthus. A one-story house with an asymmetric folded roof plan. The bedrooms are positioned at the gable ends and the living room and kitchen is between, with an open main facade.

For the site on Musko island the separate guest house and sauna building were specifically designed for the the client.

Description from architects

In Sweden, as in many other countries, much of the market for new private houses is provided for by kit house manufacturers. In their catalogues you can pick your prefab house from a selection of styles and sizes to put on your lot. The advantage is that the price is more or less fixed and that the construction process is handled by the company. Unfortunately, these prefab houses carry little or no architectural ambition, as they are often designed by company engineers or sales people. The idea behind the new company, Arkitekthus, is to provide kit houses designed by leading architects at prices competitive with these other manufacturers.

Folded Roof house is our second house for Swedish kit house manufacturer Arkitekthus. It is a one-storey prefab house with an asymmetric folded roof plane. The floor plan provides for separation between private bedrooms and a communal kitchen and living room. The bedrooms are positioned at the gable ends and the living room is between, with an open main facade. The openings are fully glazed and inset into the house volume so that roof-covered terrace spaces serve as continuations of the interior. Another important visual feature is the framing of these insets by the thin wall and roof edges. This was possible because no insulation is needed in the sections located outside of the actual prefab house.

For the site on Muskö island, shown in the images here, the separate guest house and sauna buildings were specifically designed for the client.

About Claesson Koivisto Rune

Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become an internationally-acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design. Project categories include buildings, hotels, homes, shops, offices, exhibitions, kitchens, sanitary ware, tableware, glassware, furniture, textiles, tiles, lighting, electronics, candy and even a trophy (the Swedish TV-prize Kristallen).

Projects stretch to all major continents of the world. As the first Swedish office to have exhibited in the international section at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004, they are also responsible for award-winning projects such as the Tind Prefab house collection for Fiskarhedenvillan, Widlund House on Öland, Örsta Gallery building in Kumla, Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto and Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.

Products have been designed for more than 80 international manufacturing companies including Arflex, Asplund, Blueair, Boffi, Capdell, Cappellini, Casamania, David design, Discipline, Dune NY, Fontana Arte, Italesse, Kasthall, Living Divani, Marsotto Edizioni, Modus, Muuto, Offecct, Paola Lenti, Petite Friture, Skandiform, Skultuna, Swedese, Tacchini and Wästberg.

For their work they have received more than 60 awards, including the Designer of the Year and the Best Seating 2014 by Elle Décor Italia, Designer of the Year 2011 and Furniture of the Year 2012 by Elle Deco (Sweden), Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award, German Design Award (Gold and Silver) 2011 by the Federal Republic of Germany, Good Design Award USA, IF Product Design Award, Good Design Award Japan, Design S and the Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2014, making them the first office to hold a Red Dot in five different product categories.

Claesson Koivisto Rune have written, lectured and taught internationally. A large number of portraits and feature articles have been published by architectural, design and general press including, Abitare, Architecture & Urbanism, Domus, Interni, The New York Times, Surface, Vogue and Wallpaper. To date, 12 books have been published focusing solely on the work of Claesson Koivisto Rune.

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Prefab House, Guest House and Sauna, Sweden