Affectionate Architecture: "House for Mother" Balances Formal Simplicity With Strong Materiality

Swedish firm Förstberg Ling has completed its first residential project, a home and studio for architect Björn Förstberg. The dwelling is a compilation of three pitched-roof structures of varying heights and material treatments. Two structures clad in corrugated sheet metal stand on a concrete foundation, coordinated with the sloping site, while a polycarbonate and timber extension rests at the back of the complex. At night, the façades become a shimmering tableaux when activated by the moonlight. The mother’s love for crafts and books is delicately reflected in the project’s interior, which features walls of untreated timber offset by soft whites and a simple grid of tiles. The minimal and humble demonstration of materiality demonstrates a heightened interest in detail over decorative opulence. Read more from Förstberg Ling about the creation of ‘House for Mother’: “‘House for mother’ is the first house completed by Förstberg Ling, a project started in 2013 as a part of the housing exhibition in Linköping, Vallastaden 2017. The house is conceived as a dwelling and studio for Björn’s mother Maria, librarian and an enthusiastic weaver. ‘House for mother’ is a house that balances spatiality with intimate rooms — ...
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