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Swedish barn houses and cabins

ecently we found out that every fourth visitor on Arvesunds homepage come from USA! That means that thousands of visitors every month are looking for information about barn houses. Compared to Sweden, the notion Barn House is big in USA, where they for quite a long time have used the barn as a basis for modern architecture. And considering the fact that the Swedish redpainted barn has been a part of the open landscape for hundreds of years, it seems a bit strange that we are behind in Sweden. Because, we have seen it and recognized it. Regarding shape and function it goes without saying. Our own affection for the Swedish barn started more than ten years ago. The recycling of the timber from tumbledown barns was the foundation of the company Arvesund. During the last years we have consistently continued our work and in this catalog you see our interpretations. Quite informally, its about houses looking like barns. With shutters closed and sliding doors drawn it could just as well be a barn. But thats not all. If you give the Swedish barn a closer look, you nd many ideas that bring both exiting details and functional planning to the modern house. Our model range now covers the needs for most of our customers, from hermits living on 7 square meters to the expectations from a family with children on 200 square meters, four bedrooms, hall, laundry room and kitchen island. In order to achieve what we offer, we have joined forces with one of the most reliable producers in Sweden, A-hus, within the Derome group. Their profound knowledge of wood has evolved during half a century on the market and we know that we have the partner we need, to construct, produce and deliver on a high standard. Where, when and how you want to build is your decision. Our ambition is to offer beautiful, functional and fuel-efcient houses. Houses that are so simple and genuine in shape and details that they blend in no matter where you put tem, in town as well as on the country side. Welcome to acquaint yourself with our barn houses and cabins. re March 1 2011 Gunnar Frberg Arvesund Living AB

Barn houses and cabins

Arvesund is a house company that in collaboration with established architects and house producers designs and creates the modern barn for living and recreation. Our barn houses and cabins comply with Swedish building standards and meet the requirements regarding energy and sustainability that is expected from a modern construction. Together with some of the leading designers in Sweden, Arvesund also develops furnishing details connected to living.
2-storeyed barn houses

1,5-storeyed barn houses

Hunge Page 104

Hallen Page 110

Siks Page 114

1-storeyed barn houses with loft

Alsen Page 50

Slttersen Page 56

Goije Page 64

Bringsen Page 124

1-storeyed barn houses with loft

Nyland Page 12

Kaxs Page 20

Heljesund Page 28

Ocke Page 130

Eremitens koja Page 136

Eremitaget Page 142

Nytorp Page 36

Vistet 140 Page 78

Vistet 36 Page 78

1,5-storeyed barn houses

Bodsj Page 146

Byom Page 152

Buustamon Page 158

Kolsen Page 44

Hara Page 84

Marieby Page 96

Klppe Page 154

Lit Page 162

Design Principles
A barn house should:
Contribute to the landscape. That the barn houses go well with the surroundings is a basic principle. No matter where a barn house is built and how the exterior is designed, it should still be perceived just as natural as timeless. In a town as on the countryside. Borrow the expression of the barn. The barn has a number of overlooked details that give extra quality to our modern living. A defused range of colors creates peace and stability. Architectural elements such as sliding doors, shutters and open passages open up for the beautifully ltered barn light. Moreover, they give the surplus that the house is possible to lock up completely when nobody is there. Have a lot of feeling of wood. Uncolored window frames, panels, solid wooden oors. Wood creates a warm and friendly indoor milieu. Today there is an enormous supply of wooden panel, boards and open wooden structure on the market. We minimize the use of plaster. Be functional. In the same way as the old barns were built and enlarged to meet the demands of the farmer, we do the same. It should be obvious that the house is drawn and constructed based on how it will be used. Be ingenuous. Windows, doors, cases, eves are all as simple as possible. The barn is simple in a minimalistic way with a lot of feeling for the material. That should also go for a barn house. Be variable. All barn houses should be easy to change, extend and enlarge. They have an open structure up to the ridge and an extension should be perceived just as natural on barn house as on a barn. Have a prole of sustainability. The future houses have to be sustainable from all aspects. Together with our partner A-hus we are already in the frontline of the complex process of sustainability certication. Our houses must fulll comprehensive criteria regarding environment, economy and fairness.

Ander Landstrm calls the barn houses a product for all landscapes
The Nyland, Nytorp, Alsen and Klppe four completely new contributions to the catalog of the year, drawn by one of the most renowned of Swedish architects, Anders Landstrm. He has been internationally praised for, among other things, the new Swedish embassy in Pretoria. In Sweden he is at the moment in focus of attention as originator of Skansens new big educational house for children, Skansen's new Children's Zoo, to be inaugurated in the beginning of 2012.
rvesund already offers the log house, Vistet, that Anders Landstrm together with Thomas Sandell and Bertil Harstrm created in 1998. A great deal was written about Bertil Harstrms tree cabin, The Birdnest, at the spectacular hotel project in the village Harads, north of Boden in the north of Sweden. Vistet was produced as a wooden important example of the ecological living of the future. It has been timbered and shown at the Nordiska museet in Stockholm. In the new barn house series for Arvesund there is a clear congeniality with Vistet. Less massive, of course, but with a classic, Swedish associating expression. Already a year ago we had a discussion with Arvesund about taking part in developing the barn house idea. But so far Anders Landstrm has consistently declined to create catalog houses. To draw group houses that are taken care of and built by a developer on a certain place, thats one thing, but to draw a single type of house without knowing anything about the building site, thats another matter.

Now hes conrming the rule with one exception. The barn houses stand for something that is connected so clearly to Swedish building traditions; they are so right in our landscape, in our climate. Through the partnership with a stable producer such as A-hus, Arvesund has secured the realization. I can be assured that the customer gets what has been promised with all the guaranties that come along with it. Thats why he said yes! And he did it with pleasure. Because the barn house concept has inspired him as well as many of the colleagues at the ofce. They have had great fun while producing the new models. Anders Landstrm has grown up in the north of Sweden and has a passion for wood. Thats important to know. Its a material that he has taken, and still takes, a special interest in. Today wood is of great immediate interest, not only as building material but also as a visible surface on furnishing. Anders Landstrms passion for wood has even deeper roots. In 1996 he was awarded

The Timber Prize for Anders Zorns textile chamber in Mora(an architectural prize instituted by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation). The year after, I was appointed additional professor of wooden architecture at the University of Lund. And I think we were quite a bit ahead regarding much more wood. Later the national wood building program was started. Together with the Swedish forest industries and the Ministry of Industry, training for increasing the use of wood in bigger buildings was made top-priority. Sweden is a large-scale exporter of sawn timber, boards and planks, which then are worked up somewhere else in the world. If we increase the process value of the wooden raw material, much more of the prot will stay in the country, in more than one way. There is also an aspect of labor-market policy, an idea of decentralization. Many of the new jobs would land up in the rural districts. The potential for development of increasing the use of wood in the building sector is enormous. But we have to make attractive architectural products. Its all about image. He takes Mats Theselius universally known Hermits Cabin as a very evident example (see page 136). A fantastic little house product! Its the feeling, its so Swedish. The same goes for Vistet; its being brought out and shown all over the world. But commercially it is not a simple product, in spite of its modern design. With a building technology belonging to the 19th century, Vistet is more of woodworking a house loved by many but built only by enthusiasts. In that sense, Arvesund has done the right thing. They have been very competent in nding the combination of building tradition, adaptation to the landscape and great experience in building technology. This contributes to the feeling that the barn houses really are true Nordic products; ready to be produced for

a broad market. Anders Landstrm sees the prospects: a barn house can be solo in the archipelago, in the mountains he puts two houses together and gets a yard shape; or places them in a group, making a village. He calls the barn houses a product for all types of landscape. They are good in the north of Sweden, good on the island of Gotland, good in the south of Sweden; because we are many who still have a passion for the countryside in our background. And its gratifying to be able to develop a scenery by adding houses that people experience a kind of affection for, the very experience of I recognize this. Its about the same kind of love you can have for a place or a classic make of car like SAAB, why do we as a nation care so much for that? But if the recognition factor is important, there is another component that is even more signicant for the Landstrm architecture, something like a distinguishing-mark. He puts it like this: I always try to nd a friendly tone in what I do. And then a beautiful light makes quite a big difference. The idiom of the barn gives the possibility to open up the ground oor and let the light come in. In the new barn house series for Arvesund we let the light reect against the oor by using large windows going down to the ground but also upwards towards the roof, in the models where the second oor has small windows high up. Using the big sliding doors you can choose if you want to be very private or very public in your way of living like a piece of fashion, Anders Landstrm declares. The sliding doors also have another function, they help you control the indoor climate and save energy. And thats an important aspect in all kinds of building today: you should be able to feel that your house is healthy.

Klppe 15

Alsen 95

Nytorp 60

Nyland 134



Anders Landstrms Nyland is completely new for Arvesund and has a clear relationship to the big Vistet, that was created over ten years ago by Anders in collaboration with Thomas Sandell and Bertil Harstrm. With shutters, extended entrance, at roof-angle and substantial eaves over the long sides, Nyland is a barn house model that goes well on the countryside as well as in an urban environment. Just as much a classic farmhouse as a modern barn house. Nylands planning can be varied according to the customer needs. In its basic design it circles around the centrally situated kitchen/toilet part where also the staircase to the second oor is. With this as a base you can choose to have a living-room open up to the ridge, one or two bedrooms downstairs or an open planning all around. If you add an open passage, it is then possible to extend with a studio/guestroom across the passage. We start out from two basic models. On the following pages we show some planning variations combined in a number of different ways.

Nyland 134
The planning starts from the central cube in the middle of the ground oor of the house. There you nd toilet, shower, kitchen and staircase to the second oor. An open planning all around incorporates the entrance and the door at the back of the house. On the second oor there are three bedrooms, laundry room and bathroom. By stretching up to the second oor the extended entrance gives you a hall big enough to use as study or TV corner. Living space 134 m2 Building area 69 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 12 x 7 m Architect Anders Landstrm



Nyland 168 alternative

In the bigger Nyland the living room is open up to the ridge. The central cube has an alternative planning. Under the loft are kitchen, bath room, laundry room and staircase to the second oor. If you need more room space, you can extend the second oor over the whole living room, which gives you a living space of nearly 40 square meters and room for another couple of rooms. Living space 168 m2 Building area 110 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 18,5 x 7 m Architect Anders Landstrm



Nyland 182
In this extended version of Nyland 134, an open passage is added. It connects the house on the ground oor to a really big extra room. A studio, a guest room or a study. The second oor is joined with the loft over the open passage. Depending on how you want to use the separate room, you can open up the second oor and also tie together the ground oor with extra doors. The same extension can also be done on the Nyland 168. Living space 182 m2 Building area 147 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 21 x 7 m Architect Anders Landstrm



Most people in the north of Sweden have a relation to the old classic hrbre that adorned many a tilled land in the counties of Jmtland and Vsternorrland. A high narrow stock building for grain and hay, often chocked up over the ground to keep wild animals out. Small wall-openings on the second oor let the wind dry the harvest and at the bottom bigger gateways made it easy to drive in with a tractor and cart. The Kaxs model from Arvesund is an interpretation of this narrow, beautiful and functional barn. Through its height it has two storeys and the house is considerably bigger inside than what the exterior gives an impression of. No more than ve meters broad, is a measurement that makes great demands on a smart planning. Kaxs can easily be extended and even angled, if you need more extra space. We show it in three different sizes. From a week-end version of about seventy square meters up to a really big family barn of well over one hundred and fty.

Kaxs 75
In Kaxs 75 the whole second oor is planned for three rooms. The ground oor makes a big family room. Additionally, there is also space for a big shower room and toilet. The smallest Kaxs has only a shelter from the winds as entrance, but it can be extended to a built-in entrance like on the bigger Kaxs models. A plain holiday cottage with room for 5 6 beds. Living space 75 m2 Building area 53,5 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 9 x 6,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Kaxs 105
The planning for Kaxs 105 fullls the requirements for a year-round living. Two bathrooms, one on each oor, and a big laundry room with the possibility to build a sauna. The kitchen is in the middle of the big room on the ground oor. If you need extra living space, the entrance can be extended or angled out. Living space 105,5 m2 Building area 68 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 11,5 x 6,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Kaxs 153
The biggest Kaxs has an open planning with only one secluded room on the ground oor. The second oor can be planned in different ways with up to four rooms. Kaxs high and narrow prole makes it possible to angle the house without making it losing its character. Living space 153 m2 Building area 96 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 16 x 6,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Heljesund is the neighboring village of Arvesund. And after Arvesund, comes the village Goije before you arrive farthest out on the peninsula of Hammarnset. Those villages on a point of land in the western part of the lake of Lake Storsjn have given names to both the company and a couple of the barn house models. This was where it all started, on one of the most beautiful places in the county of Jmtland. Visit Arvesund and take a trip with the well-known steamboat! One of Arvesunds most demanded models is actually Heljesund with its characteristic exterior. Its the bigger barn house where two storeys were used for storing the hay that has got its idiom interpreted in Heljesunds architecture. Above the balconies on the short sides we have extended the ridge beam, and the model thereby gets its very own characteristic look. Even if we have opened up a third of the second oor Heljesund is a commodious house. With room for three to four bedrooms it has a planning that meets all the needs of a family, but still it feels open and airy.

Heljesund 111
Heljesund 111 has the same planning as the bigger 149, apart from the gable rooms on both storeys. Heljesund is partly open up to the ridge in the living room on the rst oor, which means that there are only two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second oor. Living space 111 m2 Building area 86 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 11 x 8,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Heljesund 149
Heljesunds bigger model has a symmetric shape with balconies in both directions. In this house there are three or four bedrooms, two toilets and a sauna. Since the ground oor partly goes up to the ridge the second oor covers no more than three quarters both oors are connected in an open planning. Living space 149 m2 Building area 113 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 15 x 8,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Heljesund 178
Heljesunds biggest model partly has another planning, which makes it possible to seclude a big room on the ground oor, but still keep up to four rooms on the second oor. The same open planning in the middle of the house, but a bigger entrance giving the biggest Heljesund a specic character. Living space 178 m2 Building area 130 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 18 x 8,5 Architect Gunnar Bckman










If Siks is Gunnar Bckmans interpretation of the old hrbre, then Nytorp is the same but with Nyland as basic model. Anders Landstrms little cottage has got the proportions from Vistet and can, just as Siks, work as the compact holyday cottage or the guest house on the yard. With a broad, horizontal bond-line panel, Nytorp gets a simple as well as a pure expression that doesnt dominate too much. With iron sulphate or black color on the walls you can almost make the 60 square meters of living space disappear in the surrounding.

Nytorp 60
A little cottage with two full storeys with only 36 square meters of building area. Upstairs you have two bedrooms and on the ground oor a compact kitchen close to toilet and the staircase to the second oor. The placing of the windows upstairs can be varied depending on need and view. Living space 60 m2 Building area 36 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 6 x 6,5 m Architect Anders Landstrm



A-hus is one of the oldest house producer in Sweden and has built thousands upon thousands houses since 1947
By tradition 80 90% of all Swedish small houses are built of wood. Its the natural material in our country. Forest is what we have most of, over 23 million hectares (almost 57 million acres). But there is also something else with wood, a sensation. Wood is not only solid, durable and hardy; it feels like a warm and friendly material to build with.
nd wood is friendly. Not least for the environment. Building with wood is ten times more environment friendly than building with concrete. In Sweden, and in the world, research projects are in process for how to increase the use of wood, in order to draw less on the resources of the earth. Wood is the building material of the 21st century: renewable, climate neutral and recyclable. Building with wood, you dont consume rock, natural gravel or petrol. In the sustainable Swedish forestry, replanting is mandatory: nothing should be taken without being brought back. It takes a long time for a tree to grow and during its whole lifetime it contributes by the photosynthesis to the binding of CO2 . Thats why an increased use of wood products could help decreasing the CO2 emissions. Arvesund is striving for creating a longterm and sustainable architecture. This objective underlies the production collaboration with A-hus, which is part of the Derome group, the company croup that is number one in processing forest raw material in Sweden. Derome group is the biggest family-owned wood industry in Sweden with more than six decades of business experience. In 1947 the carpenter Karl Andersson started his rst

sawmill on the Swedish west coast. Today the company is run by the second and third generation of the owner family. For Derome, wood is the main thread, and it is green. They know everything about wood. The different companies of the group make the most of the raw material and further process it in one long chain. From a tender little plant with a light green needle crest at the top to a proud and well-built tree, ready for cutting 70 years later. If the timber doesnt come from their own forest, they buy it from other forest industries in the neighborhood, for environmental reasons. For each house they build, they replant 75 trees. Because in the Derome group they have an environmental thinking in every part, and work actively to secure that the products they produce and sell, once will be possible to reuse and recycle with the least amount of resources. Today the Derome group comprises forestry services, three sawmills, bio fuel production, nine construction material warehouses, prefabrication of structural components (Derome Trteknik is the biggest supplier of roof timbering in Sweden), house-building, land development, and administration. All residues from the forestry and sawmills, everything from stumps to chips and


sawdust are converted to bio-fuel. That production is so big that it not only covers their own needs, the bio-fuel every year heats equivalent to 120 000 homes. Moreover, the strategy for the recycling and sustainability also includes bringing the ashes (full of nutrition and minerals) back to the forest. Already in 2012 the Derome group will be self-supporting with renewable electricity from windmills, among other green energy sources. The majority of the Derome business areas are also certied according to ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 1400 (environment). The A-hus production site delivering to Arvesund is of course one of the certied ones. Derome is on control of everything from A to Z, from woods to nished house. On top of that, Derome group has a completely tangible nearness to the living material of wood. The A-hus CEO, Peter Mossbrant, being the third generation of the owner family, puts it like this: Somebody once said It feels like you have your roots in the woods. And I think that could be true. I grew up next to a sawmill. I was early part of the forestry with planting and clearing. I signed my rst contract of employment at eleven. The job was to gather and sort timber, standing after the planing-machine and ripsaw. What is your personal relation to wood, do you do woodwork? No, I dont. But the craftsmanship is fascinating: how the craftsmen have worked up the wood over the years. My father has established a woodworking museum here in Derome, with everything from the 18th century hand-tools to a planing-machine for wooden roong shingle and a wood wool machine. So, I know the production line. If our factory would be short of personnel, I could easily step into the breach. Do you live in a wooden house? Oh, yes, there is no other option! And you often take a walk in the woods? No, thats such a pity. I dont do it at nearly to the extent that I would like to. My job just doesnt give me that time. But I miss it. Just sitting there, quietly, breathing all the scents, listening and taking in all thats happening and thats not happening the peace. Thats a fantastic meditative feeling that the woods give you.

All residues from the forestry and sawmills, everything from stumps to chips and sawdust are converted to bio-fuel. That production is so big that it not only covers their own needs, the bio-fuel every year heats equivalent to 120 000 homes.


At the very northern part of Lake Kallsjn is the small community of Kolsen, on the border to Norway with a fantastic mountain massif at our very doorstep. When Daniel Franzn created his big beautiful barn house, of course it had to be this name. Kolsen is a big barn, really big. Straight or angled with goodly space for a family. With an angled extension you can create room for a dining-room relieving the pressure on the big living room. The roof windows give a sensation of green room. If this house is positioned in the right point of the compass the roof of the angled extension is well suited for solar cells or sun panels. In the angled version we separate one room with an open passage, a room that can be reached also from the angled second oor. And if you would need an extra study, the open passage can be walled in. Kolsen is a barn house worth its name.

Kolsen 170
The angled version of Kolsen actually consists of two houses that is joined on the second oor where there is room for three bedrooms. Depending on how you would like to plan the space on the ground oor, you can either wall in the open passage or keep it open. Living space 170 m2 Building area 160 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 17 x 7 x 7 m. Angle 10 x 5 x 7 m Architect Daniel Franzn



Kolsen 190
The big Kolsen has a very open design with possibilities for different types of planning. This version can hold four bedrooms and a study spread on both oors. Over kitchen and living room its open up to the ridge. The straight Kolsen is at one of the gables nished with a dining-room that with its roof windows and picture windows give the sensation of a veranda. Living space 190 m2 Building area 150 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 22 x 7 x 7 m Architect Daniel Franzn



We often get the question if we produce barn house studios. The connection between the barns space and volume and a modern studio is evident to many. With a high ceiling and big picture windows on one of the gables, Alsen is close to that vision. At the same time this is a perfect house by the sea or in a mountain environment where the view is the essential thing. Anders Landstrms new model Alsen came about through a discussion about the barn house studio. Now we have a series that fulls many purposes, even if we have given priority to open spaces with a disregard for many small rooms. Stop by at the church in the village of Alsen, a few miles north of Arvesund, and look down to the lake. Then you will understand the possibilities with gable full of windows!

Alsen 95
Alsen 95 has an open planning with a big room, open up to the ridge, inside the glazed gable. Behind the kitchen there is space for a room and on the loft additional rooms can be made. Depending on how much of the wall should be glazed, there is a number of different gables to choose from. Living space 95 m2 Building area 72 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 13,5 x 6 m Architect Anders Landstrm



Alsen 154
In the same way as many other barn house models, Alsen can be extended with an open passage and an extra room joined together on the second oor. This version shows the possibilities to add an extra living space with connection on the loft. Living space 154 m2 Building area 120 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 22,5 x 6 m Architect Anders Landstrm



On the peninsula of Rdn not far from the stersund airport, is the village of Slttersen situated. We have chosen this beautiful local name for one of our most beautiful and demanded models. Daniel Franzns Slttersen is a classic long barn in a modern version. With or without an open passage, you can open up the house in the center to create a veranda. In other respects, its exactly the same as for most of long barns: narrow, long and with a little loft with almost full headroom; room for some extra beds. The windows are irregularly positioned in order to create a lifelike light. Moreover, if you draw the big sliding doors, you get an exciting interior where the light is ltered from different angles. There are two basic models with only the length distinguishing them from each other. If you want to wall in the central open passage, we use big folding doors that can be opened up completely when you want to give the summer free passage right through the house.

Slttersen 69
Slttersen 69 has an open passage in the center of the house. In the summertime its like a veranda. In the winter the planning makes it possible to live in only the part with kitchen, toilet etc. and just close the other part of the house. Over kitchen, entrance and bedroom there is a loft that can be reached by a wall-ladder in the hall. The living space is limited with an open passage, but you get a unique planning when the rooms are opened up to the passage. Living space 69 m2 Building area 102 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 19 x 5,5 m Architect Daniel Franzn




Slttersen 78
Slttersen 78 is based on the same framework as Slttersen 69. Instead of an open passage, there are two big folding doors in several parts that when they are open create an open passage. The doors are folded inwards, which makes it possible to keep them open even when the big sliding doors are drawn. Over kitchen, entrance and bedroom, is the loft that can be reached by a staircase in the big room. Living space 78 m2 Building area 93 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 17,5 x 5,5 m Architect Daniel Franzn




Slttersen 85, 102

The bigger Slttersen can like the smaller one be built with or without an open passage. With an open passage the heated part of the living space is limited to 85 square meters. Also here there is a loft over the kitchen, entrance and bedroom. It is reached by a wall-ladder or for the bigger model a staircase, respectively. If you choose a passage that is open, you reach it from both the building parts by the big glazed doors inside the passage. Without an open passage, the house is opened up with two big folding doors. Living space 85,5 m2 Building area 121,5 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 23 x 5,5 m Architect Daniel Franzn





Arvesunds rst house was built in the village of Gje. We rented the staircase joinery from the Andersson Brothers where we assembled the very rst Hermits Cabin on the backyard. Thats over ten years ago now. Nobody understood what we were doing, but now the cabin is a classic. Neither did anybody in Gje understand our spelling of the village name, but with the alternative spelling the name is easier to pronounce internationally. Goije is a really classic barn drawn by Gustaf Karlsson. It could well be situated in the middle of a eld without anybody imaging that there was a house inside of it. Just as classic as simple. With its breadth of fully ve meters it has the beautiful short side of a narrow barn with full headroom on a big part of the loft. On the other hand, the length of the long side has no limit. On the following pages with different versions of Goije, we show what is possible to do with many of our models: extend, shorten, angle; add an open passage. Thats how the house can be adapted to everybodys own needs, to cardinal points and to the conditions of the grounds.

Goije 46
The smallest Goije is a simple holiday cottage or backyard house with a living space of 46 square meters. The loft over the kitchen and bath room holds one bedroom. The little Goije is easiest to build on a reinforced concrete slab, but if you want the barn to hover over the ground, you can put oor blocks on plinths. Then you give the house another character. Living space 46 m2 Building area 48 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 10 x 6 m Architect Gustaf Karlsson

Gustaf Karlsson is a skilled architect but also active as a designer. It was the little lamp housing (see page 72) that started the collaboration with Arvesund. The objective with the Goije barn house series is to create an architecture where function and esthetics interact to a whole. I have tried through a simple planning, careful placing of the windows and well balanced proportions to create a barn house series that is classic and modern at the same time.



Goije 70
Goije 70 holds, apart from toilet, kitchen and living room, and a bedroom on the ground oor. The loft gives extra living space to make one or several rooms. The house is easiest to build on a reinforced concrete slab, but if you want the barn to hover over the ground, you can put oor blocks on plinths. Living space 70 m2 Building area 69 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 14 x 6 m Architect Gustaf Karlsson



Goije 89
Goije 89 is in the middle separated by an open passage. Over the open passage is a loft with full headroom of such a good size that there is space for a couple of bedrooms and a study. You can also leave out the open passage in favor of a bigger coherent living space. Then you get a planning like the one in Goije 147 without angled extension. Living space 89 m2 Building area 99 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 19 x 6 m Architect Gustaf Karlsson



Goije 147
The biggest Goije model is fully equipped for year-round living. Laundry room, separate toilets, several bedrooms and a big kitchen at right angles to the living room that is open up to the ridge. The loft can be planned according to your own imagination. Living space 147 m2 Building area 146 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 22 x 6 m. Angle 10 m Architect Gustaf Karlsson



Architect, MFA, MSA/SIR
In media she has been called Swedens most international designer. Still, Anki Gneib is so Swedish when designing for Arvesund. Ankis box, made of old barn timber from northern Sweden, has condence based on importance: it is naturally beautiful, solid, simple and useful. Just as immediate now as when it was launched in 2002. Actually, even hotter in the current recycling period! Many designers are following today.
rvesund is a design company. Behind the barn houses there is a very conscious idea regarding design, expressed in seven design principles (see page 6). According to the same logic, Arvesund has engaged a network of eminent Swedish designers. Its all about a holistic view, a feel for the values that together represent beautiful and functional design. Be it a house, a piece of furniture, an interior detail; there is a common denominator: the nearness, the spontaneity. The feeling of Yes, of course, thats how a house, a chair, a candlestick should look like. This feeling also goes for Anki Gneib: she is not a troublesome person. If I should try to describe my idiom, I would say that its playful, maybe more playful than that of other Scandinavian designers.

Sometimes its on the verge of the childish, the commonplace. But also distinct. One should be able to embrace the design immediately. Simply, see what it is. All I produce should be easy to understand. I start out from myself, and Im an uncomplicated, honest person, a person who cant lie about the smallest thing. Accordingly, she is also honest to the materials she is working with. Wood is far from the only material, but living in Scandinavia, one has a natural relation to wood. At the College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Anki Gneib took the study program for interior and furniture design. As qualifying piece of work she chose to create a piece of furniture, a wardrobe of birch-plywood with doors covered with irregular laminate (it was then produced by Cbi).


The college had a big, wonderful joinery. Its a long time since I created something of wood. Still, Im fond of hands-on, which means that my role in a project goes beyond the drawing-table. I like that! In the big commissioned assignments there are also quite a lot of furniture design, that is, the architect draws the xed furnishing (everything from kitchen to reception desks, down to in-detail level). But to form a public environment holds so many other components: its about the people working there; how they communicate with each other and how they get along together; and its about how you want to be perceived based on a company culture, that the architect has to understand in order to translate it so that it is reected in the furnishing. Anki Gneib was one in the quartet that started the architects ofce DAPstockholm AB in 2006, where she in the capacity of Creative Director worked with overall solutions for both private and public milieus, interior design projects such as Universal Musics premises in the Garnisonen ofce block in Stockholm and HQ Banks ofce in the Sahlnhuset ofce building. Those were the days! Today, more than four years later, she has left DAP for the liberty of choice again: I would like to reconnect to my Swedish network. I havent had time to entertain my Swedish connections. Anki Gneib has worked a lot in Italy, and still does. She has created a lamp, Honkong, for AV Mazzega, that translates the traditions of the Venetian Murano glass to modern design; a chair series, Perfo, for Frag; indoor/outdoor furniture for Varaschin; and she has a completely new collaboration with Slide around plastic rotary molding for furniture. Why Italy? My big light sculpture, Reef, was exposed at the Swedish Style fair in Milan in 2005. It

had a great deal of attention that gave many Italian openings. But now you want to nd your way back to the roots? At least a little bit. Why? Im at the beginning of collaboration with two Swedish companies: rsj regarding lighting and Voice regarding secondary storage furniture. And then Arvesund, of course! Anki Gneib was there at the start. It is almost ten years ago since she for the rst time came to the joinery in the county of Jmtland, where the old barn timber was taken care of. At that time she had won the Swedish Form competition with the collection Hambo, a series inspired by peasant furniture from the county of Hlsingland. I instantly fell in love with the material, how the color and structure of the wood is changing depending on in what cardinal direction the barn once sat. I created the Box. It was really an eye catcher. On some of them we even kept the moss. And I created cabinets with laths or herring-bone pattern, the X-chair and the X-table all at one sweep. After that I have used the barn timber for a contrast wall in a boutique in Barcelona, Snow Mito Nordica, they only sell Swedish design. Now it could be time for a new collaboration project. Arvesund has asked Anki Gneib to work out how the idiom of the barn houses could be introduced in the urban environment. And as regards herself, she would like to take the concept even further: It would be cool if you could present the houses outside in, that the xed furnishing breathes the house, that every detail is consummate: banisters, switches, ttings, everything that is built in a furnishing guide with design in harmony with the house, would show that Arvesund really cares, not to mention making the choice easier for the customer, of course.

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A modern Swedish log house

Few houses in Sweden have been so much discussed as the Vistet. It was created by Anders Landstrm, Tomas Sandell and Bertil Harstrm. The little Vistet was shown already in 1999 at the housing exhibition, H99, in Helsingborg and the bigger version in Stockholm outside the Nordiska muset. Today, more than ten years later, Vistet still is a classic within Swedish architecture.
istet is a timbered house where the details and feeling in the craftsmanship is more than enough. The main-body of the house has a simple design with horizontal logs. Classic and simple, but thats no reason for being nostalgic. Windows, doors, balconies, etc have derived their shaping from todays architecture and idiom. The outer walls only consist of massive wood, giving us a range of advantages. Massive wood has a good ability to store heat or cold. In order to bring about a healthy indoor climate, we have opted out the plastic bag, that is, the house has no vapor barrier. This means that the indoor climate is balanced with the seasons. Floor and ceiling have traditional

insulation. Ventilation and heating is supplied by a heat pump that efciently re-uses the energy. But Vistet is more than a beautiful house with high rated values regarding energy and environment, it is also a discussion. From being a matter of course in the 18th 19th centuries, the role of the massive timbering in Swedish house building has today become more obsolete. The Swedish building rules do not support the timbered houses in the same way as in Norway and Finland. But with increasing focus on sustainability and good choice of material, the timber is coming back. Vistet is probably a substantially more modern house than we think.

Vistet 140
Vistet 140 is a type house system for house living that goes well on different places and landscapes. The house is divided in two parts, one part with common rooms like hall, kitchen and living room, and one secluded part with bathroom and bedroom. Vistet has a big joint space for cooking and social life all gathered around a replace kitchen with larder and cubby-hole minimizes the need of kitchen xtures and gives a beautiful living space. The bedroom section with light partition walls so that different private rooms can be easily arranged according to your needs. Caring and storing of clothes are located close to the wet room on the second oor; extra toilet on the ground oor. Living space 140 m2 Building area 78 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6,5 x 12 x 7 m Architect Anders Landstrm och Thomas Sandell



Vistet 36
The Little Vistet is a compact house, made as a do-it-yourself kit with a little bit of the same feeling as caravan living or the summer weeks in the boat. The dwelling space is 27 square meters plus a sleeping loft of 9 square meters that can be furnished with different numbers of beds. The house is made of massive wood with a 5,5 x 5,5 meters square planning and with a ceiling height of 5 - 6 meters. The design of Vistet 36 is so generic that it will go well where ever it is placed. Living space 36 m2 Building area 30 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 5,5 x 6,5 m Architect Anders Landstrm och Thomas Sandell



Gunnar Beckmans series Hara is in many respects an exact copy of the barns spread all over the elds in northern Sweden. You see everywhere. Even if most of them today are not used, they still are a part of the scenery. The classic meadow barns that had only one purpose: to store the hay on the place where it was cut. Exteriorly, we have spent all our effort on emulating a classical barn. There should be no doubt about from where the inspiration has been derived for the three Hara models. Straight, simple and classic lines without any extra excesses. By making the best use of the main part of the second oor, we can make living spaces up to 180 square meters. The village Hara is situated close the water of lake Storsjn in the cove leading down to the southern end of the lake. It is in this neighborhood that our local Loch Ness Monster has been visible most frequently. Therefore, please, dont go too close to the water the next time you want to see the classic meadow barns in their own element!

Hara 76
Hara 76 is on the ground oor lengthwise divided in two parts. The front part holds toilet, laundry room, entrance and a staircase leading up to the second oor, where two or three bedrooms can be made. The back part consists of a big open living room with kitchen along the whole house. Living space 76,5 m2 Building area 54 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 9 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Hara 130
Hara 130 is a complete house with three bedrooms on the second oor and a big hall. The ground oor has the same planning as the smaller Hara, with kitchen and living room along the whole house. Shutters for all the windows on the ground oor make it possible to close the house so that it looks like a meadow barn. Living space 130 m2 Building area 81 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6,5 x 12 x 7,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Hara 178
The big Hara has a staircase in the middle of the house, which gives you a big secluded kitchen with a big larder. With four bedrooms and large joint areas make Hara 178 to a house for the big family. Shutters for all the windows on the ground oor make it possible to close the house so that it looks like a meadow barn. Living space 178 m2 Building area 110 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6,5 x 16 x 7,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



There is no end in itself to make all our houses to look like barns. But the look of the houses and the potential of the details make it possible to achieve considerably more exiting environments than if you base it on a traditional villa.

In its own environment

and greenhouses also can be embraced in a unnar Frberg and architect yard milieu. Gunnar Bckman have for a couple There are a number of different functions of years had the barn from the that we would like to include in the concept of middle of north of Sweden as basis farm buildings, which could lead to that we for the Arvesund barn house. The conception deliver an overall solution rather than just a barn house emanates from the USA, where single house. There is nothing wrong with the barn houses have been an established architraditional carport, but we insist that you tecture for a long time. Earlier in Sweden the could do so much more of an annex when creaexpression and function of the barn houses ting the living of the future. havent been used in the More and more people choosame way. se to work from home, and The Swedish villa, for with modern building and that matter, doesnt have a heating technology, an extra uniform architecture. If you room in a farm building is browse through a house economically justiable. catalog, there are usually a number of styles to choose between. But looking Genuine feeling around, you can easily see for wood that it is not that simple to Arvesund as well as the put a modern villa on a partner Derome group base piece of land at the outall their products on wood. skirts of a town. With the In structure and design, barn houses we add yet wood is the common denoanother style representing minator. From an environsimplicity and beauty, and mental point of view wood in addition have a connecis the only sensible building tion to one of the most material in a country like known design elements in Sweden. Wood is exible in the Swedish scenery, the another way than, for Gunnar Frberg, Arvesund Swedish barn. example, plaster and conc-

Interested in a whole
For Arvesund its not enough to draw houses that then are placed somewhere without respect to the surroundings. They take a bigger grasp and incorporate their offerings in a context. With Arvesunds design principles as basis, the model range of houses, sheds and cabins, can be utilized so that they form farmyards as well as urban milieus. In a number of projects for more coherent settlements Arvesund has shown how the barn house concept studios, saunas

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rete. With todays production technology there is a wide range of panels, boards and more or less worked up surfaces to choose from. With the right choice of colors, with doors, details and other design contributions, the expressions of our houses and yard milieus will be numerous and varying. Behind a sliding door there can just as well be a carport as a big studio window. The open passage is just as natural in a barn house as a way of combining a house with a joiners workshop for the future.


In our new model series Marieby we have broadened the barn houses substantially. With a breadth of almost nine meters, there is room for a more traditional planning with rooms in both directions. Here we are getting closer to the architecture of the manor house. We even dare to open up a part of the roof to add a dormer window like they had a century ago as an entrance to the hayloft of the barn. The origin to the houses is in the village of Marieby on the opposite side of the cove towards stersund. There, big red houses on the farms are common. Like they did with the old log houses, the Marieby houses are partitioned off every four meters with vertical joints and horizontal panel between them, like they did with the old log houses. That gives us an exterior that captures the classic architecture from older times in a modern shape.

Marieby 155
Marieby 155 is a barn house with full breadth, which makes it possible to plan the rooms parallelly. Here the dormer window gives extra space to the hall between the four rooms on the second oor. The exterior is covered with horizontal panel, which is regularly interrupted like the beam joints on old log houses.

Living space 155 m Building area 102 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 9 x 11 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman






Marieby 155 alternative

The same framework as for Marieby 155, but without dormer window and with a different planning. With an extra big hall you get workrooms adjacent to the entrance. The second oor can partly be opened down to the ground oor, or you choose to keep it as a whole oor in order to get room for up to four bedrooms. The balconies double as entrance roofs, and if you wish you can add a greenroom in connection to the living room. With this type of faade you can have two colors on the house. Living space 155 m2 Building area 102 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 9 x 11 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman








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Marieby 183
This is the same house as Marieby 155 but with one more section added to one of the gables. This section gives you on the ground oor an extra big living room. The added section is open up to the ridge. The kitchen is in this version integrated with the extra big hall. The balcony doubles as roof for the entrance. With this type of faade you can choose to combine two colors on the whole house or on just a part of it. Living space 183 m2 Building area 134 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 9 x 15 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman












Hunge is a modern version of a meadow barn from the north of Sweden. By accentuating the joint between the two oors with big doors, panel and choice of color, we create a modern expression starting from an old form. It was also with our rst version of Hunge as a starting point that we began to work with the studio barn house. On our very smallest version of Hunge about seventy square meters we opened it up with windows on one of the gables covered with laths. An airy way of shutting out; but at the same time keeping the light and the view of the scenery. In this catalog you see a number of versions among which our studio is the most spectacular. The origin to our big Hunge is stolen with pride from a barn along the road to the village of s, a slanting roof over the extension almost to the ground.

Hunge 71
Hunge 71 is a compact little house where the staircase doubles as a wall towards the kitchen. The second oor can hold 2 3 bedrooms. Roof windows, special shutters and a mix of horizontal and vertical panels create possibilities for variable coloring. Living space 71,5 m2 Building area 46 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 8 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman

Hunge studio
Hunge studio is a version with open planning and a fully glazed gable inside an exterior trellis. Living space 71 m2 Building area 54 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 8 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman







Hunge 109
Hunge 109 can like the smaller models be parted horizontally in the middle between vertical and horizontal panels. Shutters with wooden color and panel are broken against a black second oor and a shiny tin roof. The second oor holds up to three bedrooms with roof windows. Since Hunge has a compact shape, it allows for adding verandas, orangeries and terraces on all sides of the house. The model can also be extended in case of need for a bigger living space. Living space 109,5 m2 Building area 73 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 11 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman



Hallen is the village opposite Arvesund across the Lake Storsjn where its sloping abruptly down to the water Storsjn. You recognize people from Hallen on their uneven suntan; as always when living on a slope you have the sun behind you. The Hallen model is like the village: one big slope. A half house with a very special planning. The high back wall gives fantastic possibilities to dock a lean-to greenhouse, a larder, guest-house, green room. We started sketching this model in a context where we were drawing a farmyard milieu and wanted to make a barn house look like the long farm building you always found on the old farms, a building for carriages, re wood, timber, etc. Now it has grown to a full big house that has demands on its surrounding but also if its turned in the right direction can capture the sun even better than the people living in the village Hallen.

Hallen 96
Hallen 96 is a half house with a ground oor that at each end is covered by a loft. In the middle it is open up to the ridge and on the back wall are the staircases leading up to the two lofts, one bigger and one smaller. The big roof can usefully be used to store solar heat. On the backside the house can be extended with a variety of functions. Living space 96 m2 Building area 82 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 15 x 7 m Architect Gunnar Bckman










This is how it has looked like for centuries. Small timbered hrbres in the middle of the tilled land. It has been popular to move them to the gardens and turn them into guest houses. Siks is our copy of the classic hrbre. Small building area but fascinatingly big when you get on the loft. Most people love the little house as it is, but perhaps some extra square meters wouldnt do any harm. Therefore we have made a couple of versions where we have extended it or even docked another Siks to another Siks to another Siks twin, twin

Siks 33

Siks 33, 42
Siks has a completely open planning on the ground oor and a big loft of about eight square meters with full headroom in the middle. A toilet can be placed either in an extension outside the house or just to the left in the entrance. The glazed double wing door in the living room opens up the house in the summer. When you are not there, the shutters are easily closed and you have a little well insulated, compact holiday house for two persons. Living space 33 m2 Building area 38,5 m2 Ca. measurements (wxlxh) 4,5x7x5,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman Living space 42 m2 Building area 45,5 m2 Ca. measurements (wxlxh) 4,5x7x5,5 m Architect Gunnar Bckman Siks 42



Siks in a row, 80 120

Two Siks can usefully be put together having a common entrance. This way a house of up to 80 square meters is created and can be planned according to your own needs. Both lofts have full headroom which means that you can make use of most of the area for bedrooms and storing. With three Siks in a row you get a house with a living space of up to 120 square meters. Living space 80 - 120 m2 Building area 70 - 130 m2 Architect Gunnar Bckman









You always want to live in the house you have drawn last.
Thats what interior designer and designer David Franzn says. If that were true he would right now have installed himself in a Kolsen barnhouse, his latest model for Arvesund. Or plan for moving to Barcelona and one of the exclusive apartments that he has drawn for the top oor in the 100-meters skyscraper close to Gaudis cathedral La Segrada Familia.
Its not supposed to be he has used a new grip taken literally, though: and given it a slightly But I really enter different expression. into how it would be I have been inspiliving in the houses I red by the plastered draw. I want eveparts you often see on rything to be optimal. cowsheds, so Kolsen As an interior designer has a ground oor with I work inside out, rathorizontal, white her than the opposite panel-work up to a and I guess that is height of 2,5 meters. many times an advanThe rest of the house Euro pallet, low coffee table after famous tage. Historically you has vertical panelpattern could say that you work, painted with iron have thought from the outside when drawing sulphate or Falun Red. It gives a ne contrast a house. Then of course the placing of the win- and is quite rational: the joint you always get dows is an effect of how the architect wants in a block built house is conjured away where the facade to look. the panel-work changes direction. The interior designer primarily focuses on Now, plaster is never an option. A barn the room, on how the light is taken care of; on house is built of wood. Feeling of wood is one where you want to open up and look out; or on of Arvesunds design principles, a principle where you want to shut or draw the curtain. that Daniel Franzn naturally sticks to. With that starting point, when planning a He has worked with wood already since the house, you get a greater variation, both on the rst year at the College of Arts, Crafts and outside and the inside. Design in 1997. Mainly because wood was the Daniel Franzn has created three barn cheapest material to make prototypes of, but houses for Arvesund: Slttersen, Bringsen just as much because he thought pinewood and now Kolsen new in this catalog. was beautiful. Kolsen is a bit different from the earlier In the old classrooms of the college, the models. Firstly it is substantially big; secondly walls were covered with panel that had aged


and darkened until it gradually looked more This was in 2005, and he was quite evidently like high-grade wood, hard as oak but with a ahead of his time. But then the bottle candlesurface as soft as satin. sticks reappeared on the front page of Elle At the end of the 90s, minimalism was Interir in the home of Filippa K in Paris. Then what counted. But I felt that all the bare, cold, it got going in the press. Now they are top-ofwhite needed to be warmed up. the-line design and sold not only in Sweden but He happened to be a champion for pinealso in Holland and soon also in the US. wood to such a degree His latest wooden that some journalists project is the remodewrote about him as ling of a three-room the pinewood man. apartment on In his qualifying piece Sdermalm in of work in 2004 a Stockholm. fully functional 11 There I work entisquare meter apartrely with thin matt ment, about which a varnished plywood on great deal was written walls, oor and ceiling he made all surfaces in one of the rooms white (such a small and as oor material area had to be kept in combination with unembellished) white in the other except the ceiling and rooms and together walls of the sleepingwith black-marbled loft that were covered white marble in the with sheets of pine kitchen. Its so beautiveneer. ful! Already at the But then he also sketching stage I dismakes jewelries, one is covered how much the worn by Madonna, pinewood contributed Unity, a combination of to the room. the symbols of three Mr Mudd and Mr Gold" with Franzn's furniSomething happened. shing was awarded The Shop of the Year 2010 religions, and One In his past he spent Earth, a combination one year in Yamagata, Japan, which he says of the tree of life and the peace symbol. And has made a lasting impression: he creates lamps, furniture, interior details. The Japanese are masters of using wood. Why? They do it in the most exquisite way and I am Its all about passion, I become absorbed. denitely inuenced by them. The media reects what I want to mediate. If Today he doesnt have to stand up for his Im mad about something, its easier to exstubborn use of pinewood anymore since all press it in a piece of jewelry than in a house. that can be wooden now is wooden. Wood is Then its also that all I do is insanely fun. the hottest material for 2011 according to the At the same time I think you keep yourself people who set the trends home in Sweden more curious if you diversify. It should never and abroad. But it has not always been like be an ordinary day. that. When he created his bottle-shaped candThats why he takes part in the competition lesticks of pinewood, after his early years of for the assignment of drawing the skyscraper alternative use of empty wine-bottles, they got in Barcelona. Red as a Rioja at the base it a great deal of applause from the designer stretches towards sun-yellow at the top meecommunity but hardly from the public. ting the bright-blue sky. Thats how he visuali I was about to start a bold venture for zes it. launching the bottles in all shops of If not otherwise, it has been a very enterDesigntorget. Not a single bottle was sold and taining exercise I realize My god, in fact I eventually they disappeared from the shelves. can make a house that is very big.


Bringsen is the younger sister of Slttersen. Narrower, lower and more simple. With its barely ve meters breadth it doesnt need any complicated structure, so it can be divided with walls according to your needs. In this catalog we show two small versions with a living space of about fty square meters. Bringsen should be experienced as and be simple. A straight and modest barn possible to place anywhere.

Bringsen 44
Bringsen is a very narrow and simple barn house. Kitchen and bathroom in the middle of the house creates a simple loft for extra beds or storing. The planning can be varied by the fact that the house is so narrow that no inside walls are supporting. Living space 44 m2 Building area 53 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 4,5 x 12 x 5 m Architect Daniel Franzn



Bringsen 63
The same simple, narrow house as in the small version but now longer. A bedroom at the gable and a bigger living room at the other end. Can be delivered without any inside walls or with a planning that covers the demands of a smaller familys need for a simpler holiday house. Living space 63 m2 Building area 75 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 4,5 x 17 x 5 m Architect Daniel Franzn



Backyard houses Ocke

Why cant Sweden have the same rules as England regarding how big a backyard house should be without having to apply for a building permit? Some years ago the Swedish rules for the Friggeboden were changed so that as long as it wasnt bigger than 15 square meters, you didnt need a building permit. However, they forgot a detail in the decision: the height was still limited to 3 meters. A backyard house must be higher in order to keep its proportions. Our two series of backyard houses are 4 meters high and up to 30 square meters big. Exactly the same measurements that are allowed in England. In Sweden this size of building requires building permit. In order to create backyard milieus with small simple complementary buildings, we need houses with these measurements.
25 131

Ocke 15

Ocke 3 x 5

Ocke 21

Ocke 3 x 7


Ocke 3 x 10
Ocke 30

Arvesunds backyard house Ocke is only 3 meters broad. The ridge height is limited to 4 meters and the length to 10 meters. It is available in three sizes with areas from 15 to 30 square meters. Above the little toilet there is room for a loft, or more like a quarter berth. The glazed double wing doors can either be on the long side or on a gable. The houses are delivered without furnishing. Building area 15 30 m2 Architect Gunnar Bckman






Ytterocke 23

Ytterocke 3,6 x 6,5


Arvesunds a bit broader backyard house, Ytterocke, is 3,6 meters broad. The ridge height is limited to 4 meters and the length to 8 meters. Its available in two sizes giving a building area from 23 to 29 square meters. Above the little toilet there is room for a loft, or more like a quarter berth. The glazed double wing doors, making the entrance, can either be on the long side or on a gable. The houses are delivered without furnishing. Building area 23 29 m2 Architect Gunnar Bckman Ytterocke 29

Ytterocke 3,6 x 8



Room for solitude and silence

The rst time the Hermits Cabin was shown, was over twenty years ago at the furniture fair in Stockholm. Ten years later Arvesund started to collaborate with Mats Theselius and in year 2000 the cabin was exhibited in a new shape at the Modern museum in Cologne. Inside and outside covered with old recycled barn timber. As a symbol for solitude and silence, it has after that been at several fairs and exhibitions all around the world.
I guess most people connect hermits life to mysticism and religion says Mats but that is wrong. Its rather a matter of challenging the hectic city life and taking a natural step back. I want to show the possibility to escape from the urban life for a while. The cabin challenges the discussions about the individual contra the society and human needs for solitude. For that reason we have lled the cabin with the few things you need. Here you can eat, sleep, read or just do nothing at all. Since 2001 the Hermits Cabin has been sold and exhibited in a number of countries. It has been exposed in Stockholm, Tokyo, Bologna, Cologne, Hamburg and The Hague. A limited edition has been sold all over the world. On request from our customers it has been adapted for placing in woods, on cliffs, in olive groves and by the water. Each customer has his own request and idea of how his room for solitude and silence should look. Today there are cabins for private use as well as for retreat and stay-over at hotels and conference establishments. MATS THESELIUS Mats is the originator to many of the pieces of furniture that attracted most attention during the nineties in Sweden. He debuted with the Moose-skin armchair in 1985. It was made of iron plate and moose-skin. 1995 1996 he was professor of the HDK - School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg. He was awarded the Grand Award of Design in 1997, and in 1999 he got the price for the Furniture of the Year. 25


In its most exclusive design the Hermits Cabin is covered with old barn timber inside and outside. For the interior the old timber creates a unique character. By paneling the outside walls with new calcimined weather-boarding and the inner walls with old timber you get a contrast giving a completely other feeling. Each cabin is custom-made based

on the choices of the customer and is delivered as prefabricated building blocks. This makes it possible to erect the cabin on the oddest places where you want to create your own room for solitude and silence. The cabin is of course t for use the year-around with organic insulation in oor, walls and roof. Galvanized steel sheet for roof, window sills and gutters.

The Hermits Cabin

The Hermits Cabin

The Hermits Cabin is 7,5 square meters and optimal for one person. Insulated and cosy in order to be used all the year round. The cabin is delivered without furnishing. If you want it furnished there is a wood stove with water heater, besides there is a furnishing package comprising bed, chair, wardrobe and a set of shelves. There is also a textile package with curtains, lambskin and bed textiles. Building area 7,5 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 2,6 x 2,9 x 3 m Architect Mats Theselius



The Eremitage
The Eremitage (the hermitage) is Mats Theselius latest contribution to Arvesund. The Eremitage is originated from a discussion about a bigger nest for solitude and silence. But with its fteen square meters it was so big that the conception of a cabin seemed too small for it. Thats the reason for the new name. In a way the Eremitage is a natural evolution of the Hermits Cabin. Also the Eremitage is a place to go to for both experiencing and challenging our most basic needs regarding food and warmth. One thing is important: it should be fun to come to the Eremitage Mats emphasizes. Everyone, who arrives at the Hermits Cabin with all the things he planned to do, will soon realize that it is more fun to make life in the cabin work than doing what never was done.

The Eremitage

The Eremitage is 15 square meters big and made for two to four persons. Insulated and cosy in order to be used all the year around. Toilet and shower are either separated and can be reached from separate doors from the outside or through a common door inside the house. (see the planning sketches). The Eremitage is delivered without furnishing. If you would like it furnished you can add a woodstove/gas stove with a washing-up sink, besides there is a furnishing package comprising beds, table and chairs. Building area 15 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3 x 5 x 3 m Architect Mats Theselius











Taking a trip around the lakes west of the village Brcke, you sooner or later get to the village Bodsj. Fantastic nature areas and shing-waters where everybody should spend a couple of days of their lives. Our Bodsj series has its shape from the Hermits Cabin and the countless hunting cabins you nd all around Sweden. Thanks to its simple shape, Bodsj can be joined to many other versions for many other purposes. One purpose could be a quite a big greenhouse. In the north of Italy there is a Bodsj sauna. And on the Lofoten Islands a Bodsj is used for sleeping accommodation.

Bodsj 15

Bodsj 15
Bodsj 15 has its entrance door on one of the short sides and a back wall completely covered, no door no windows. With the broad glazed doors the shed can be opened up to the front. It can be planned and used as a shed, guestroom or sauna. Its delivered without any furnishing. Building area 15 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 2,5 x 5,5 x 3 m Architect Arvesund Bodsj 15 alternativ



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Bodsj variations
Bodsj can be varied in different ways. Half of the house can be made to a veranda. The sturdily framed roof makes it possible to gradually furnish and wall in the whole or parts of this veranda. The two variations can also be joined together to a long low house. If you have green ngers you will see the potential in Bodsj orangery. The back wall can distribute solar heat in coils or hold pipes with hot water from the stoves. Bodsj orangeri



Byom 15
Byom 15 is a very simple shed that through its square shape can be planned according to the need for living space. On all the walls doors and windows can be placed anywhere. The shed is delivered without any furnishing. Building area 15 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3,5 x 4,5 x 3 m Architect Gunnar Bckman


Klppe is fteen square meters big and three meters high. It has room for a sauna or perhaps a room for stay-over-night. Just like Anders Landstrms Nytorp also his little Klppe blends well into most of the milieus where you have use for a little extra house. Next time you take the road from Svenstavik up towards re, turn down over Grdsta and you will get a beautiful detour of about a Swedish mile close to the water of Lake Storsjn.

Klppe 15

Klppe bastu

Klppe 15
Klppe is a shed with large glazed areas, furnished as a sauna or a guest-house. The big windows can be placed on the short or long walls depending on where the house will be situated. A slightly slanting roof on top of the compact cube gives good volume indoors even if the shed isnt more than three meters high. Externally it is covered with horizontal bond-line panel. Building area 15 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3,5 x 4 x 3 m Architect Anders Landstrm



When the rst heat radiates from the wooden red sauna-stove you realize what distinguishes one sauna from another sauna. Being a producer of insulated sheds and not launching a sauna model of his own would be regarded as a breach of duty. Now there are a number of sauna models to choose from. The exterior is boarded with calcimined weatherboarding. For the inner walls and benches we use alder or ash wood. The sauna stove comes from Harvia and is mounted according to standard re-protection regulations. After all we should place a sauna in the western ski-slope of the mountain reskutan. Preferably among the Arctic birches at the tree limit. The fact that this would be in the neighborhood of the Buustamon mountain hotel, makes it even better. Its a genuine and well preserved farm from the end of the 1900th century.



Buustamon 10
Buustamon is a sauna with two meters long benches which makes it possible to use as a stay-overnight cottage. The exterior is boarded with calcimined weather-boarding. For the inner walls and benches we use alder or ash wood. The sauna stove comes from Harvia with a complete installation kit according to standard re-protection regulations. The black sauna shed has smaller windows and a more ordinary entrance. The red one has a bigger entrance and a scenic window. Based on the structure of the Hermits cabin we offer also a smaller sauna for 3 5 persons. As an option this little sauna is available with old recycled panel indoors which creates both a specic light and a specic feeling.

Building area 10 m2 Ca. measurements (wxlxh) 2,5x3,5x3 m Architect Arvesund




Lit 15
In this cubistic model Daniel Franzn has created compact living in a fteen square meter shed. In spite of its smallness, the planning has all functions you may need. At the front the cube is opened with a broad glazed door and from this side you reach both kitchen, shower and sleeping loft. Through the entrance on the back wall you reach the toilet and the little living room up on the loft. Storing space is above the toilet and up on the loft. Lit can also be furnished as a sauna. Half of the area is then used for sauna with room for up to 8 persons. Behind this is a toilet, a shower and perhaps a little kitchenette.


Building area 15 m2 Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3 x 5 x 3 m Architect Daniel Franzn

Planning for Lit sauna



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