townhouse by elding oscarson.

Architecture & Interiors

As a youth I lived in a rural suburb of Harrisburg, PA, which despite popular belief is actually the capital of Pennsylvania — it’s not Philadelphia. I had a pretty idyllic childhood, girl scouts, piano lessons, french horn lessons, tennis lessons, summer vacations, etc. My family lived in a large house in a very nice neighborhood, and I always fancied myself a similiar life. That is until I moved to a city and discovered the beauty of living in small spaces. Looking back, I realize that my familiy probably only used about 1/3 of the rooms in our house, and I wonder, besides the obvious social stigmas, why we needed all of that extra space.

When I grow up (OK, when my income increases and I can actually think about saving money for a down payment on a house), I’d like it to look something like this townhouse designed by Johan Oscarson and Jonas Elding of Elding Oscarson. It’s sandwiched between two old houses in Sweden and constructed using slab concrete, with nooks and cut-outs open to the elements.

Inside, the details are streamlined and promote the architecture of the building. The bottom floor consists of the kitchen and dining space, which leads to a second-story lofted living room and another staircase to to the third floor bathroom, bedroom, and terrace open to the sky. On the ground floor, a door leads out to a walled-in garden patio, connecting the owners studio/office space behind the house — an office space that features a wall made entirely out of magazines!

Realistically, I won’t be living in a cobblestoned village like Landskrona, Sweden. But I do hope that when the time comes, I’ll be able to realize my own modern version of the American dream in the same vein as the Elding Oscarson townhouse.





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  1. Richard

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Oh dear, I am afraid that looks awful. I am a fan of modern architecture but that is just too overpowering and unsympathetic to its neighbours.

  2. trimtab21

    Mar 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    what a slap in the face to the local community! I really feel sorry for the neighbors.

  3. Andrew

    Mar 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Gorgeous house. I’ve always enjoyed the layering of modern and traditional architectures in Scandinavia. The new work respects the old by not copying it or getting in the way of it. Mainstream America doesn’t yet have this clarity, and when you go to build your own home you’ll want to prepare to have your integrity as an architect thoroughly tested by neighbors who think that houses should look like little bungalows from the turn of the century.

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