Today, many architects are taking on board the old traditions and developing them into new designs. The younger generation has a lot to learn from the know-how evident in ancient dwellings regarding both construction methods and sustainable lifestyles. Our new techniques enable us to develop these old skills and integrate them into a forward-looking sustainable society and the result is a playful variation on classic Swedish houses and building traditions.
Taking tradition further
Timber has been a traditional building material in Sweden since the Vikings built their shelters. Wood has been used for all types of buildings – from the simplest hunting lodge in the middle of the forest, to tall churches in village centres and large lakeside castles. Their size and dimensions have changed with the development of building skills and tools, as have the different styles and expressions of the various buildings over time. One thing they all have in common, however, is a solid craftsmanship developed over generations.