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The homes in this area are usually built in a robust style, with a central courtyard to protect residents from the open and windy environment. While the clients were aware of what a traditional Österlen house looked like, they wanted something that would allow them to enjoy the outdoors.
Labbé and Schotanus decided to keep the original windows and floors, but they removed almost 2/3 of the walls inside the home to open up the space and give it a more lofty feel. They also installed more large window openings with window frames that dissolve into the plaster, making the glimpses of the outdoors seamless with the rest of the house.
The team at LASC also decided to add a renovated 1960s Danish stove. The beautiful piece adds a rustic and authentic touch.
Although bright pops of bold blue and orange are scattered throughout the house, the colors are generally simple and bare to echo the landscape outside. While the more pale palette connects with the outdoors, the blue and orange accents throughout the home were designed as elements of comfort and nostalgia — they remind the clients of the time they spent living in China and of the summer days they spent at a nearby beach.
One of the clients and LASC's favorite parts about this project was the old washing house connected to the main house. Both structures were designed in the same style — a traditional exterior structure that has playful and modern ideas mixed into its design.