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The house model Vistet, photo



Few houses in Sweden have been so much discussed as the Vistet. It was created by Anders Landström, Tomas Sandell and Bertil Harström. The little Vistet was shown already in 1999 at the housing exhibition, H99, in Helsingborg and the bigger version in Stockholm outside the Nordiska muséet. Today, more than ten years later, Vistet still is a classic within Swedish architecture.

Vistet 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 that’s no reason for being nostalgic. Windows, doors, balconies, etc have derived their shaping from today’s 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 efficiently 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 – 19thcenturies, 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.

A. Landström, architect

Anders Landström and Thomas Sandell

Anders Landström has grown up in the north of Sweden and has a passion for wood. That’s important to know. It’s 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 Landström’s passion for wood has even deeper roots. In 1996 he was awarded The Timber Prize for Anders Zorn’s textile chamber in Mora (an architectural prize, instituted by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation).

In 1997 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and is since 1998 adjunct professor of wood architecture at Lund University.


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