Playhouse, Sweden / Street Monkey Architects

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Playhouse, Sweden / Street Monkey Architects
© Robin Hayes

Project Details:
Location: Värmdö, Sweden
Type: Residential Houses
Area: 175m2
Structure: Modular Prefabrication in steel and concrete
Architects: Cage Copher (Street Monkey Architects), Thomas Björk (Bjerking)
Photos: Robin Hayes Photography

Playhouse, Sweden / Street Monkey Architects
© Robin Hayes

This debut project for SMA is on a forested sloping site on an island suburb just outside of Stockholm. The client’s wish was to create a habitat for social and outdoor living, with enough space for the fluctuating number of children required in many Swedish households today.

The challenges from the client were: 1. Create enough space to accommodate the program while remaining generous to the natural beauty of the site. 2. Make it energy efficient and 3. Build it with prefabricated modules.

Playhouse, Sweden / Street Monkey Architects
© Robin Hayes

The solution was a simple L floor plan and a cantilevered second floor. The L floor plan creates three distinct outdoor areas for socializing: a morning garden, a roof terrace and a sunset deck for dining. The second floor cantilever stretches out to make place for the master bedroom while maintaining a volume that still sits light in the landscape.

Playhouse, Sweden / Street Monkey Architects
© Robin Hayes

Thick, well-insulated walls, an air-tight building envelope and solar power reduce the energy demand of the house significantly compared to conventional Swedish construction and the façade materials are rustic and industrial like a piece of old farm equipment.

The result was 6 prefabricated modules placed on site in two days and a very happy family of 5.