Notable single-family house

FOJAB's Marco Pusterla has designed Villa Enestigen in Veberöd, which has been recognized at the Architecture Gala.

"I accompanied Andreas and Vibeke on several house viewings over several years. They never found the house they wanted, but they became more and more aware of their requirements and expectations. They saw a dilapidated summer house in their dream location, a peaceful forest plot not far from Lund and Malmö. I drew up a sketch and after a slow, stress-free planning process with many wonderful discussions, this house was born."

A dark brick façade rests among the trees, allowing the forest atmosphere to dominate the site. Glazed volumes break the simple shape of the long axis and create three unique rooms in the house. There is a consistent choice of quality materials and solutions and a completely inorganic frame. The exterior brick walls are half a meter thick, and the roof is covered with small flat brick tiles. The basement walls as well as the floor are cast-in-place concrete. The ventilation system is integrated into the frame, harnessing solar energy through the building's large openings to the south and the thermal inertia of the materials.

The exterior of the house is virtually maintenance-free, and will age beautifully. Many details have been specially studied in a way that evokes the art of old buildings. Despite its location in the forest, the interior is bright. The softness of the windows brings the glass to life and daylight flows freely into the rooms. The interior lighting is there to enhance the architecture, not to be seen.

The layout is thoughtfully prepared to accompany the different phases of life. Longitudinal and transverse lines of sight and room heights between 2.26 m and 6.5 m add dynamism to the spatial experience.

Architect: Marco Pusterla, FOJAB arkitekter; Lighting: Viveca Rosencrantz FOJAB arkitekter.
Designer: Tomas Gustavsson, T.G. konstruktioner AB
Building contractor: MW Bygg, Södra Sandby.
Plastering contractor: Stuckaturfirman Hans Räthel AB
Developer: Private
Gross area of house: 286 m²
Year of construction: 2011-12

Marco Pusterla, born in 1975, educated in Milan (degree 2001) and Erasmus at LTH.
Active at FOJAB arkitekter since 2003.