- a nature retreat in Stockholm archipelago -
For two years ago Urban Couture received the commission to transform a six-meter-high attic space in a typical 1920’s Stockholm housing block, located in the trendy neighbourhood SOFO on Södermalm. The customised, spacious loft is the result of an intensive collaboration between the architects and the clients.
Strict building regulations for loft conversions in Stockholm determine to a large extend the building envelope. The new dormer windows and roof lights towards the street follow the placement and proportions of the windows below carefully. Towards the enclosed courtyard, where a bit more freedom in the design is often approved, two main features are added. A large dormer window, that contains the kitchen and a generous terrace in front of the living room, both giving a beautiful view over the city.
To enhance the spatial qualities, the loft is divided into two zones. An entresol is placed over half of the space, maintaining a double high space for the living and dining room. Facetted roof lights flood the space with natural daylight. A multifunctional wall that runs over the complete width and height of the living area, containing storage, bookshelves and shutters, enhances the contrast between the two zones.