Fjällhus Residence is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional barn design of Sweden’s Härjedalen region by PS Arkitektur. The original design dates back to 2005 when architect Peter Sahlin envisioned one as a vacation retreat for his own family. From then on, it comes as prefab wooden units for clients who live in urban areas and want to experience a simple, compact and a very comfortable modern vacation home in a remote area surrounded by nature.

Designed to withstand Härjedalen’s climate, they follow the design tradition of the region. From the outside, the cabin resembles a reduced and barren architecture that fits in with the other cabins in the region. But on the inside, it’s a different story. The interior is very modern and crisp, stark white. To add warmth to the decor, plywood is used for walls and ceilings. This gives a strong materiality and a splendid contrast to the white winter landscape.
The landscape is clearly visible through the large panoramic windows that are located on one side of the lodge. They fill the interior with sunlight as well as offer stunning views of the winter mountain landscape or the green fields in the summer.

Two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and the obligatory sauna are the main ingredients of this lodge but there is also a loft with a third bedroom. The building is very energy efficient thanks to the ecological and rational concerns when it comes to the materials and construction methods used. The materials are both natural and sustainable.

The Mountain Cabin is available in two sizes, Little Skarven and Great Skarven. They are designed is derived from the local climate and design tradition of Härjedalen. The Mountain cabin looks from the outside like a reduced barn-architecture.

The office has produced 10 ski cabins located in Härjedalen. They are built with prefabricated elements from Norrlands Trähus. Internal fittings such as kitchens, bathrooms and a sauna by Fjällmark Bygg.

The main space is clad on ceilings in walls by plywood, that gives a warm colour contrasting to the white snow. The furniture consists of modern classics like Eames chairs and lights by Tom Dixon. The bathroom walls and floor are clad with local stone slabs, skiffer, with under floor heating. Building materials and installations are of very high quality and are chosen with great care to achieve long life, low energy and the right “feeling”.

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Fjällhus Residence Floor Plans

How do you see the Fjällhus Residence ? Would you read it as a prefabricated home at first glance? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below !

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