Strict Swedish building codes set the parameters for the design of Villa Astrid, a home by Wingardhs Design, located on a rocky hillside in western Sweden. The home fulfills the requirement of 3.5 meter eaves and steeply sloped roofs, but does it in a distinctly modern manner that embraces the natural state of its site. The L-shaped home is placed diagonally against the hillside, and appears to slice into the terrain of the site. In fact, just the opposite is true, and instead the terrain becomes a prominent interior feature, with jagged yellow stone protruding into different living spaces. The stone’s most dramatic use is in the master bathroom, where an entire wall is composed of rock, creating a cave-like atmosphere.
Outside, the home is clad with copper panels with a dark natural patina that contrasts the landscape. The walls have an insulated concrete core, allowing the interior of the home to remain comfortable. The position of the house against the hill creates a protected exterior space onto which the primary living spaces open.