In a residential area of Gothenburg, Sweden, local firm Bornstein Lyckefors has completed ‘Villa Amiri’, a striking three-storey residence characterized by its simple geometry, with an all-black exterior and pitched roof.
The home’s exterior is comprised exclusively of tar-treated pine wood slats. Tarring refers to the surface treatment that is given to exterior wood, a method of preserving roofs and facades that is traditional to Swedish architecture. The tar brings out the depth and texture of ‘Villa Amiri’, and its matching picket fence adds to the home’s overall charm. Inside, a perforated steel staircase separates the different living areas, from the kitchen and dining rooms on the ground floor, to bedrooms and bathrooms on the second, leading finally to an open-plan, multipurpose space for the family on the third storey. The staircase is a key element in the design, splitting the house in two diagonal halves. “The staircase cuts straight through the whole house, separating the darkest parts of the house and bringing light to them from skylights on the top floor,” the architects say. “This sharp cut through the house not only brings light, it also means that the full height of the house can be experienced from the entrance floor,” they continue. “A consequence of this is that the space is perceived to be even larger than it really is.”