Arvesund’s first house was built in the village of Gåje. We rented the staircase joinery from the Andersson Brothers where we assembled the very first Hermit’s Cabin on the backyard. That’s over ten years ago now. Nobody understood what we were doing, but now the cabin is a classic. Neither did anybody in Gåje 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 field without anybody imaging that there was a house inside of it. Just as classic as simple. With its breadth of fully five 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. That’s how the house can be adapted to everybody’s own needs, to cardinal points and to the conditions of the grounds.
Gustaf Karlsson is a skilled architect but also active as a designer. It was the little lamp housing 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.