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Architecture
Apr
21
House for Mother by Förstberg Ling
Edition
Family House
under the patronage of
DwellWell
under the patronage of
Zuzanna Gasior
Apr 21, 2021

'House for Mother' is actually the first house built by Förstberg Ling and as the title suggests, the house is conceived as a dwelling and studio for Björn's mother Maria - librarian and weaving enthusiast.

The house balances spatiality with intimate rooms - formal simplicity with strong materiality. The raw corrugated aluminium facade creates a variable play with light and shade during the day, a rich materiality contrasting with its simple expression. The fuzzy reflections in the unpainted metal make the house change color throughout the day, changing expression depending on the weather, from blue to grey to white or even pink, when the sun is setting. 

The wooden beams and trusses along with the walls lined with plywood give warmth to the interior while the concrete floor is a durable surface for everyday use, elevated to a low bench along the perimeter of the building.

The house is made up of two parallel volumes of the same width, but of different height and inclination of the gabled roof. The first volume contains the kitchen, dining room and living room, with the bathroom and laundry room housed in a smaller cabin within the structure. The second volume, partly in two levels, provides the bedrooms and a small studio. The sharp division between the living room painted white, and the dining room in natural pine plywood, creates a distinction between the spaces without any walls. 

The division of the house into two volumes, slightly shifted from each other, emphasizes the narrowness of the plot while creating natural outdoor spaces in the front and back of the house. While first standing in the open, the urban context has slowly grown around the house and now little more than the gables are exposed to the neighborhood.

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Zuzanna Gasior
April 21, 2021

'House for Mother' is actually the first house built by Förstberg Ling and as the title suggests, the house is conceived as a dwelling and studio for Björn's mother Maria - librarian and weaving enthusiast.

The house balances spatiality with intimate rooms - formal simplicity with strong materiality. The raw corrugated aluminium facade creates a variable play with light and shade during the day, a rich materiality contrasting with its simple expression. The fuzzy reflections in the unpainted metal make the house change color throughout the day, changing expression depending on the weather, from blue to grey to white or even pink, when the sun is setting. 

The wooden beams and trusses along with the walls lined with plywood give warmth to the interior while the concrete floor is a durable surface for everyday use, elevated to a low bench along the perimeter of the building.

The house is made up of two parallel volumes of the same width, but of different height and inclination of the gabled roof. The first volume contains the kitchen, dining room and living room, with the bathroom and laundry room housed in a smaller cabin within the structure. The second volume, partly in two levels, provides the bedrooms and a small studio. The sharp division between the living room painted white, and the dining room in natural pine plywood, creates a distinction between the spaces without any walls. 

The division of the house into two volumes, slightly shifted from each other, emphasizes the narrowness of the plot while creating natural outdoor spaces in the front and back of the house. While first standing in the open, the urban context has slowly grown around the house and now little more than the gables are exposed to the neighborhood.

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