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					Swedish barn houses
    and cabins
            ecently we found out that every fourth visitor on
            Arvesund’s homepage come from USA! That means
            that thousands of visitors every month are looking
            for information about barn houses. Compared to
Sweden, the notion “Barn House” is big in USA, where they for
quite a long time have used the barn as a basis for modern
architecture. And considering the fact that the Swedish red-
painted barn has been a part of the open landscape for hund-
reds of years, it seems a bit strange that we are behind in
Sweden. Because, we have seen it and recognized it. Regarding
shape and function it goes without saying.
   Our own affection for the Swedish barn started more than
ten years ago. The recycling of the timber from tumbledown
barns was the foundation of the company Arvesund. During the
last years we have consistently continued our work and in this
catalog you see our interpretations. Quite informally, it’s about
houses looking like barns. With shutters closed and sliding
doors drawn it could just as well be a barn. But that’s not all.
If you give the Swedish barn a closer look, you find many ideas
that bring both exiting details and functional planning to the
modern house.
   Our model range now covers the needs for most of our custo-
mers, from hermit’s living on 7 square meters to the expecta-
tions from a family with children on 200 square meters, four
bedrooms, hall, laundry room and kitchen island. In order to
achieve what we offer, we have joined forces with one of the
most reliable producers in Sweden, A-hus, within the Derome
group. Their profound knowledge of wood has evolved during
half a century on the market and we know that we have the
partner we need, to construct, produce and deliver on a high
   Where, when and how you want to build is your decision.
Our ambition is to offer beautiful, functional and fuel-efficient
houses. Houses that are so simple and genuine in shape and
details that they blend in no matter where you put tem, in
town as well as on the country side.

Welcome to acquaint yourself with our barn houses and cabins.

Åre March 1 2011

Gunnar Fröberg
Arvesund Living AB
Barn houses and cabins                                                   1,5-storeyed barn houses

Arvesund is a house company that in collaboration with established
architects and house producers designs and creates the modern
barn for living and recreation. Our barn houses and cabins comply         Hunge Page 104                      Hallen Page 110           Sikås Page 114
with Swedish building standards and meet the requirements regar-
                                                                         1-storeyed barn houses with loft
ding energy and sustainability that is expected from a modern con-
   Together with some of the leading designers in Sweden,
Arvesund also develops furnishing details connected to living.
                                                                           Alsen Page 50              Slåtteråsen Page 56              Goije Page 64

    2-storeyed barn houses

                                                                          Bringåsen Page 124

                                                                         1-storeyed barn houses with loft

       Nyland Page 12           Kaxås Page 20       Heljesund Page 28

                                                                           Ocke Page 130                    Eremitens koja Page 136    Eremitaget Page 142

      Nytorp Page 36           Vistet 140 Page 78    Vistet 36 Page 78

    1,5-storeyed barn houses
                                                                          Bodsjö Page 146                     Byom Page 152           Buustamon Page 158

      Kolåsen Page 44           Hara Page 84          Marieby Page 96      Kläppe Page 154                      Lit Page 162

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Design Principles
A barn house should:
• Contribute to the landscape.            • Be functional. In the same way as
That the barn houses go well with the     the old barns were built – and enlar-
surroundings is a basic principle. No     ged – to meet the demands of the far-
matter where a barn house is built        mer, we do the same. It should be
and how the exterior is designed, it      obvious that the house is drawn and
should still be perceived just as natu-   constructed based on how it will be
ral as timeless. In a town as on the      used.
                                          • Be ingenuous. Windows, doors,
• Borrow the expression of the            cases, eves are all as simple as possib-
barn. The barn has a number of over-      le. The barn is simple in a minimalis-
looked details that give extra quality    tic way with a lot of feeling for the
to our modern living. A defused range     material. That should also go for a
of colors creates peace and stability.    barn house.
Architectural elements such as sliding
doors, shutters and open passages         • Be variable. All barn houses
open up for the beautifully filtered       should be easy to change, extend and
barn light. Moreover, they give the       enlarge. They have an open structure
surplus that the house is possible to     up to the ridge and an extension
lock up completely when nobody is         should be perceived just as natural on
there.                                    barn house as on a barn.

• Have a lot of feeling of wood.          • Have a profile of sustainability.
Uncolored window frames, panels,          The future houses have to be sustai-
solid wooden floors. Wood creates a        nable from all aspects. Together with
warm and friendly indoor milieu.          our partner A-hus we are already in
Today there is an enormous supply of      the frontline of the complex process of
wooden panel, boards and open             sustainability certification. Our hous-
wooden structure on the market. We        es must fulfill comprehensive criteria
minimize the use of plaster.              regarding environment, economy and

Ander Landström calls
the barn houses “a pro-
duct for all landscapes”
The Nyland, Nytorp, Alsen and Kläppe – four completely new con-
tributions to the catalog of the year, drawn by one of the most
renowned of Swedish architects, Anders Landström. He has been
internationally praised for, among other things, the new Swedish
embassy in Pretoria. In Sweden he is at the moment in focus of
attention as originator of Skansen’s new big educational house for
children, “Skansen's new Children's Zoo”, to be inaugurated in
the beginning of 2012.

            rvesund already offers the log house,       Now he’s confirming the rule with one
            Vistet, that Anders Landström toget-     exception.
            her with Thomas Sandell and Bertil          – The barn houses stand for something that
            Harström created in 1998. A great        is connected so clearly to Swedish building
deal was written about Bertil Harström’s tree        traditions; they are so right in our landscape,
cabin, The Birdnest, at the spectacular hotel        in our climate.
project in the village Harads, north of Boden in        – Through the partnership with a stable
the north of Sweden. Vistet was produced as a        producer such as A-hus, Arvesund has secured
“wooden important” example of the ecological         the realization. I can be assured that the
living of the future. It has been timbered and       customer gets what has been promised with
shown at the Nordiska museet in Stockholm. In        all the guaranties that come along with it.
the new barn house series for Arvesund there            That’s why he said yes! And he did it with
is a clear congeniality with Vistet. Less massi-     pleasure. Because the barn house concept has
ve, of course, but with a classic, Swedish associ-   inspired him – as well as many of the collea-
ating expression.                                    gues at the office. They have had great fun
   – Already a year ago we had a discussion          while producing the new models.
with Arvesund about taking part in develo-              Anders Landström has grown up in the
ping the barn house idea.                            north of Sweden and has a passion for wood.
   But so far Anders Landström has consi-            That’s important to know. It’s a material that
stently declined to create “catalog houses”.         he has taken, and still takes, a special interest
   – To draw group houses that are taken care        in. Today wood is of great immediate interest,
of and built by a developer on a certain place,      not only as building material but also as a
that’s one thing, but to draw a single type of       visible surface on furnishing.
house without knowing anything about the                Anders Landström’s passion for wood has
building site, that’s another matter.                even deeper roots. In 1996 he was awarded

The Timber Prize for Anders Zorn’s textile        a broad market.
chamber in Mora(an architectural prize insti-        Anders Landström sees the prospects: a
tuted by the Swedish Forest Industries            barn house can be solo – in the archipelago, in
Federation).                                      the mountains – he puts two houses together
   – The year after, I was appointed additional   and gets a “yard shape”; or places them in a
professor of wooden architecture at the           group, making a village.
University of Lund. And I think we were quite        He calls the barn houses “a product for all
a bit ahead regarding “much more wood…”.          types of landscape”.
   Later the national wood building program          – They are good in the north of Sweden,
was started. Together with the Swedish forest     good on the island of Gotland, good in the           Kläppe 15
industries and the Ministry of Industry, trai-    south of Sweden; because we are many who
ning for increasing the use                                           still have a passion for the
of wood in bigger buildings                                           countryside in our back-
was made top-priority.                                                ground.
Sweden is a large-scale                                                  – And it’s gratifying to be
exporter of sawn timber,                                              able to develop a scenery by
boards and planks, which                                              adding houses that people
then are worked up some-                                              experience a kind of affec-
where else in the world.                                              tion for, the very experience
   – If we increase the pro-                                          of “I recognize this”. It’s                               Alsen 95
cess value of the wooden                                              about the same kind of love
raw material, much more of                                            you can have for a place or a
the profit will stay in the                                            classic make of car – like
country, in more than one                                             SAAB, why do we as a
way. There is also an aspect                                          nation care so much for
of labor-market policy, an                                            that?
idea of decentralization.                                                But if the recognition
Many of the new jobs would                                            factor is important, there is
land up in the rural                                                  another component that is
districts.                                                            even more significant for
   – The potential for development of increa-     the Landström architecture, something like a
sing the use of wood in the building sector is    distinguishing-mark. He puts it like this:
enormous. But we have to make attractive             – I always try to find a friendly tone in              Nytorp 60
architectural products. It’s all about image.     what I do. And then a beautiful light makes
   He takes Mats Theselius’ universally           quite a big difference.
known Hermit’s Cabin as a very evident               – The idiom of the barn gives the possibility
example (see page 136).                           to open up the ground floor and let the light
   – A fantastic little house product! It’s the   come in. In the new barn house series for
feeling, it’s so Swedish. The same goes for       Arvesund we let the light reflect against the
Vistet; it’s being brought out and shown all      floor by using large windows going down to
over the world. But commercially it is not a      the ground but also upwards towards the roof,
simple product, in spite of its modern design.    in the models where the second floor has
With a building technology belonging to the       small windows high up.
19th century, Vistet is more of woodworking –        – Using the big sliding doors you can choo-
a house loved by many but built only by ent-      se if you want to be very private or very public
husiasts.                                         in your way of living – like a piece of fashion,
   – In that sense, Arvesund has done the         Anders Landström declares. The sliding doors
right thing. They have been very competent in     also have another function, they help you con-
finding the combination of building tradition,     trol the indoor climate and save energy.
adaptation to the landscape and great experi-        – And that’s an important aspect in all
ence in building technology. This contributes     kinds of building today: you should be able to
to the feeling that the barn houses really are    feel that your house is healthy.                                     Nyland 134
true Nordic products; ready to be produced for

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Anders Landström’s Nyland is com-        In its basic design it circles around
pletely new for Arvesund and has a       the centrally situated kitchen/toilet
clear relationship to the big Vistet,    part where also the staircase to the
that was created over ten years ago      second floor is. With this as a base
by Anders in collaboration with          you can choose to have a living-room
Thomas Sandell and Bertil Harström.      open up to the ridge, one or two
With shutters, extended entrance, flat    bedrooms downstairs or an open plan-
roof-angle and substantial eaves over    ning all around. If you add an open
the long sides, Nyland is a barn house   passage, it is then possible to extend
model that goes well on the country-     with a studio/guestroom across the
side as well as in an urban environ-     passage.
ment. Just as much a classic farm-          We start out from two basic
house as a modern barn house.            models. On the following pages we
   Nyland’s planning can be varied       show some planning variations combi-
according to the customer needs.         ned in a number of different ways.
Nyland 134
The planning starts from the central cube in the middle of the ground floor of the house.
There you find toilet, shower, kitchen and staircase to the second floor. An open planning
all around incorporates the entrance and the door at the back of the house. On the
second floor there are three bedrooms, laundry room and bathroom. By stretching up to
the second floor the extended entrance gives you a hall big enough to use as study or TV

Living space 134 m2
Building area 69 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 12 x 7 m
Architect Anders Landström

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Nyland 168 alternative
In the bigger Nyland the living room is open up to the ridge. The central cube has an
alternative planning. Under the loft are kitchen, bath room, laundry room and staircase to
the second floor. If you need more room space, you can extend the second floor over the
whole living room, which gives you a living space of nearly 40 square meters and room
for another couple of rooms.

Living space 168 m2
Building area 110 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 18,5 x 7 m
Architect Anders Landström

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Nyland 182
In this extended version of Nyland 134, an open passage is added. It connects the house
on the ground floor to a really big extra room. A studio, a guest room or a study. The
second floor is joined with the loft over the open passage. Depending on how you want
to use the separate room, you can open up the second floor and also tie together the
ground floor with extra doors. The same extension can also be done on the Nyland 168.

Living space 182 m2
Building area 147 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 21 x 7 m
Architect Anders Landström

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Most people in the north of Sweden      Through its height it has two storeys
have a relation to the old classic      and the house is considerably bigger
“härbre” that adorned many a tilled     inside than what the exterior gives an
land in the counties of Jämtland and    impression of. No more than five
Västernorrland. A high narrow stock     meters broad, is a measurement that
building for grain and hay, often       makes great demands on a smart
chocked up over the ground to keep      planning.
wild animals out. Small wall-openings      Kaxås can easily be extended and
on the second floor let the wind dry     even angled, if you need more extra
the harvest and at the bottom bigger    space. We show it in three different
gateways made it easy to drive in       sizes. From a week-end version of
with a tractor and cart.                about seventy square meters up to a
   The Kaxås model from Arvesund is     really big family barn of well over one
an interpretation of this narrow,       hundred and fifty.
beautiful and functional barn.
Kaxås 75
In Kaxås 75 the whole second floor is planned for three rooms. The ground floor makes
a big family room. Additionally, there is also space for a big shower room and toilet. The
smallest Kaxås has only a shelter from the winds as entrance, but it can be extended to
a built-in entrance like on the bigger Kaxås models.
A plain holiday cottage with room for 5 – 6 beds.

Living space 75 m2
Building area 53,5 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 9 x 6,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Kaxås 105
The planning for Kaxås 105 fulfills the requirements for a year-round living. Two bath-
rooms, one on each floor, and a big laundry room with the possibility to build a sauna.
The kitchen is in the middle of the big room on the ground floor. If you need extra living
space, the entrance can be extended or angled out.

Living space 105,5 m2
Building area 68 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 11,5 x 6,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Kaxås 153
The biggest Kaxås has an open planning with only one secluded room on the ground
floor. The second floor can be planned in different ways with up to four rooms. Kaxås’
high and narrow profile makes it possible to angle the house without making it losing its

Living space 153 m2
Building area 96 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 16 x 6,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Heljesund is the neighboring village      characteristic exterior. It’s the bigger
of Arvesund. And after Arvesund,          barn house – where two storeys were
comes the village Goije before you        used for storing the hay – that has
arrive farthest out on the peninsula      got its idiom interpreted in
of Hammarnäset. Those villages on a       Heljesund’s architecture. Above the
point of land in the western part of      balconies on the short sides we have
the lake of Lake Storsjön have given      extended the ridge beam, and the
names to both the company and a           model thereby gets its very own cha-
couple of the barn house models. This     racteristic look.
was where it all started, on one of the      Even if we have opened up a third
most beautiful places in the county of    of the second floor Heljesund is a
Jämtland. Visit Arvesund and take a       commodious house. With room for
trip with the well-known steamboat!       three to four bedrooms it has a plan-
   One of Arvesund’s most demanded        ning that meets all the needs of a
models is actually Heljesund with its     family, but still it feels open and airy.
Heljesund 111
Heljesund 111 has the same planning as the bigger 149, apart from the gable rooms on
both storeys. Heljesund is partly open up to the ridge in the living room on the first floor,
which means that there are only two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor.

Living space 111 m2
Building area 86 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 11 x 8,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Heljesund 149
Heljesund’s bigger model has a symmetric shape with balconies in both directions. In this
house there are three or four bedrooms, two toilets and a sauna. Since the ground floor
partly goes up to the ridge – the second floor covers no more than three quarters – both
floors are connected in an open planning.

Living space 149 m2
Building area 113 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 15 x 8,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Heljesund 178
Heljesund’s biggest model partly has another planning, which makes it possible to sec-
lude a big room on the ground floor, but still keep up to four rooms on the second floor.
The same open planning in the middle of the house, but a bigger entrance giving the
biggest Heljesund a specific character.

Living space 178 m2
Building area 130 m2                                                                                K/F


Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 18 x 8,5                                                     UP

Architect Gunnar Bäckman


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If Sikås is Gunnar Bäckman’s inter-      With a broad, horizontal bond-line
pretation of the old härbre, then        panel, Nytorp gets a simple as well as
Nytorp is the same but with Nyland       a pure expression that doesn’t domi-
as basic model. Anders Landström’s       nate too much. With iron sulphate or
little cottage has got the proportions   black color on the walls you can al-
from Vistet and can, just as Sikås,      most make the 60 square meters of
work as the compact holyday cottage      living space disappear in the surroun-
or the guest house on the yard.          ding.
Nytorp 60
A little cottage with two full storeys with only 36 square meters of building area. Upstairs
you have two bedrooms and on the ground floor a compact kitchen close to toilet and
the staircase to the second floor. The placing of the windows upstairs can be varied
depending on need – and view.

Living space 60 m2
Building area 36 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 6 x 6,5 m
Architect Anders Landström

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A-hus is one of the oldest house
producer in Sweden and has built
thousands upon thousands houses
since 1947
By tradition 80 – 90% of all Swedish small houses are built of
wood. It’s the natural material in our country. Forest is what we
have most of, over 23 million hectares (almost 57 million acres).
But there is also something else with wood, a sensation. Wood is
not only solid, durable and hardy; it feels like a warm and friendly
material to build with.

           nd wood is friendly. Not least for the   sawmill on the Swedish west coast. Today the
           environment. Building with wood is       company is run by the second and third gene-
           ten times more environment friendly      ration of the owner family.
           than building with concrete.                 For Derome, wood is the main thread, and
In Sweden, and in the world, research projects      it is green. They know everything about wood.
are in process for how to increase the use of       The different companies of the group make
wood, in order to draw less on the resources of     the most of the raw material and further pro-
the earth. Wood is the building material of the     cess it in one long chain. From a tender little
21st century: renewable, climate neutral and        plant with a light green needle crest at the
recyclable. Building with wood, you don’t con-      top to a proud and well-built tree, ready for
sume rock, natural gravel or petrol. In the         cutting 70 years later. If the timber doesn’t
sustainable Swedish forestry, replanting is         come from their own forest, they buy it from
mandatory: nothing should be taken without          other forest industries in the neighborhood,
being brought back. It takes a long time for a      for environmental reasons. For each house
tree to grow and during its whole lifetime it       they build, they replant 75 trees.
contributes by the photosynthesis to the bin-           Because in the Derome group they have an
ding of CO2 . That’s why an increased use of        environmental thinking in every part, and
wood products could help decreasing the CO2         work actively to secure that the products they
emissions.                                          produce and sell, once will be possible to reuse
   Arvesund is striving for creating a long-        and recycle with the least amount of resour-
term and sustainable architecture. This objec-      ces. Today the Derome group comprises fore-
tive underlies the production collaboration         stry services, three sawmills, bio fuel produc-
with A-hus, which is part of the Derome             tion, nine construction material warehouses,
group, the company croup that is number one         prefabrication of structural components
in processing forest raw material in Sweden.        (Derome Träteknik is the biggest supplier of
   Derome group is the biggest family-owned         roof timbering in Sweden), house-building,
wood industry in Sweden with more than six          land development, and administration.
decades of business experience. In 1947 the             All residues from the forestry and saw-
carpenter Karl Andersson started his first           mills, everything from stumps to chips and

sawdust are converted to bio-fuel. That pro-
duction is so big that it not only covers their
own needs, the bio-fuel every year heats equi-
valent to 120 000 homes. Moreover, the strate-
gy for the recycling and sustainability also
includes bringing the ashes (full of nutrition
and minerals) back to the forest. Already in
                                                     All residues from the forestry and saw-
2012 the Derome group will be self-supporting
with renewable electricity from windmills,
                                                     mills, everything from stumps to chips and
among other green energy sources. The majo-
rity of the Derome business areas are also cer-
                                                     sawdust are converted to bio-fuel. That
tified according to ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO
1400 (environment). The A-hus production site        production is so big that it not only covers
delivering to Arvesund is of course one of the
certified ones. Derome is on control of eve-          their own needs, the bio-fuel every year
rything from A to Z, from woods to finished
    On top of that, Derome group has a com-
                                                     heats equivalent to 120 000 homes.
pletely tangible nearness to the living materi-
al of wood. The A-hus CEO, Peter Mossbrant,
being the third generation of the owner family,
puts it like this:
    – Somebody once said “It feels like you
have your roots in the woods”. And I think
that could be true. I grew up next to a saw-
mill. I was early part of the forestry with
planting and clearing. I signed my first
contract of employment at eleven. The job was
to gather and sort timber, standing after the
planing-machine and ripsaw.
    What is your personal relation to wood, do
you do woodwork?
    – No, I don’t. But the craftsmanship is
fascinating: how the craftsmen have worked
up the wood over the years. My father has
established a woodworking museum here in
Derome, with everything from the 18th cen-
tury hand-tools to a planing-machine for
wooden roofing shingle and a wood wool
machine. So, I know the production line. If our
factory would be short of personnel, I could
easily step into the breach.
    Do you live in a wooden house?
    – Oh, yes, there is no other option!
    And you often take a walk in the woods?
    – No, that’s such a pity. I don’t do it at
nearly to the extent that I would like to. My
job just doesn’t give me that time. But I miss
it. Just sitting there, quietly, breathing all the
scents, listening and taking in all that’s hap-
pening – and that’s not happening – the
peace. That’s a fantastic meditative feeling
that the woods give you.

At the very northern part of Lake          The roof windows give a sensation of
Kallsjön is the small community of         green room. If this house is positioned
Kolåsen, on the border to Norway with      in the right point of the compass the
a fantastic mountain massif at our         roof of the angled extension is well sui-
very doorstep. When Daniel Franzén         ted for solar cells or sun panels.
created his big beautiful barn house, of      In the angled version we separate
course it had to be this name.             one room with an open passage, a
   Kolåsen is a big barn, really big.      room that can be reached also from
Straight or angled with goodly space       the angled second floor. And if you
for a family. With an angled extension     would need an extra study, the open
you can create room for a dining-room      passage can be walled in.
relieving the pressure on the big             Kolåsen is a barn house worth its
living room.                               name.
Kolåsen 170
The angled version of Kolåsen actually consists of two houses that is joined on the second
floor where there is room for three bedrooms. Depending on how you would like to plan the
space on the ground floor, you can either wall in the open passage or keep it open.

Living space 170 m2
Building area 160 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 17 x 7 x 7 m. Angle 10 x 5 x 7 m
Architect Daniel Franzén

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Kolåsen 190
The big Kolåsen has a very open design with possibilities for different types of planning.
This version can hold four bedrooms and a study spread on both floors. Over kitchen
and living room it’s open up to the ridge. The straight Kolåsen is at one of the gables
finished with a dining-room that with its roof windows and picture windows give the
sensation of a veranda.

Living space 190 m2
Building area 150 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 22 x 7 x 7 m
Architect Daniel Franzén

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We often get the question if we produ-   Alsen came about through a discus-
ce “barn house studios”. The connec-     sion about the barn house studio.
tion between the barn’s space and        Now we have a series that fulfils
volume and a modern studio is evident    many purposes, even if we have given
to many. With a high ceiling and big     priority to open spaces with a disre-
picture windows on one of the gables,    gard for many small rooms.
Alsen is close to that vision. At the        Stop by at the church in the village
same time this is a perfect house by     of Alsen, a few miles north of
the sea or in a mountain environment     Arvesund, and look down to the lake.
where the view is the essential thing.   Then you will understand the possibi-
   Anders Landström’s new model          lities with gable full of windows!
Alsen 95
Alsen 95 has an open planning with a big room, open up to the ridge, inside the glazed
gable. Behind the kitchen there is space for a room and on the loft additional rooms can
be made. Depending on how much of the wall should be glazed, there is a number of
different gables to choose from.

Living space 95 m2
Building area 72 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 13,5 x 6 m
Architect Anders Landström

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Alsen 154
In the same way as many other barn house models, Alsen can be extended with an open
passage and an extra room joined together on the second floor. This version shows the
possibilities to add an extra living space with connection on the loft.

Living space 154 m2
Building area 120 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 22,5 x 6 m
Architect Anders Landström

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On the peninsula of Rödön not far         dows are irregularly positioned in
from the Östersund airport, is the vil-   order to create a lifelike light.
lage of Slåtteråsen situated. We have     Moreover, if you draw the big sliding
chosen this beautiful local name for      doors, you get an exciting interior
one of our most beautiful and deman-      where the light is filtered from diffe-
ded models.                               rent angles.
    Daniel Franzén’s Slåtteråsen is a        There are two basic models with
classic long barn in a modern version.    only the length distinguishing them
With or without an open passage, you      from each other. If you want to wall in
can open up the house in the center       the central open passage, we use big
to create a veranda. In other respects,   folding doors that can be opened up
it’s exactly the same as for most of      completely when you want to give the
long barns: narrow, long and with a       summer free passage right through
little loft with almost full headroom;    the house.
room for some extra beds. The win-
Slåtteråsen 69
Slåtteråsen 69 has an open passage in the center of the house. In the summertime it’s
like a veranda. In the winter the planning makes it possible to live in only the part with
kitchen, toilet etc. and just close the other part of the house. Over kitchen, entrance and
bedroom there is a loft that can be reached by a wall-ladder in the hall. The living space
is limited with an open passage, but you get a unique planning when the rooms are ope-
ned up to the passage.

Living space 69 m2
Building area 102 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 19 x 5,5 m
Architect Daniel Franzén


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Slåtteråsen 78
Slåtteråsen 78 is based on the same framework as Slåtteråsen 69. Instead of an open
passage, there are two big folding doors – in several parts – that when they are open
create an open passage. The doors are folded inwards, which makes it possible to keep
them open even when the big sliding doors are drawn. Over kitchen, entrance and
bedroom, is the loft that can be reached by a staircase in the big room.

Living space 78 m2
Building area 93 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 17,5 x 5,5 m
Architect Daniel Franzén


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Slåtteråsen 85, 102
The bigger Slåtteråsen can – like the smaller one – be built with or without an open pas-
sage. With an open passage the heated part of the living space is limited to 85 square
meters. Also here there is a loft over the kitchen, entrance and bedroom. It is reached by
a wall-ladder or for the bigger model a staircase, respectively. If you choose a passage
that is open, you reach it from both the building parts by the big glazed doors inside the
passage. Without an open passage, the house is opened up with two big folding doors.

Living space 85,5 m2
Building area 121,5 m2                                                                              LOFT

Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 23 x 5,5 m
Architect Daniel Franzén


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Arvesund’s first house was built in        out anybody imaging that there was a
the village of Gåje. We rented the        house inside of it. Just as classic as
staircase joinery from the Andersson      simple. With its breadth of fully five
Brothers where we assembled the           meters it has the beautiful short side
very first Hermit’s Cabin on the back-     of a narrow barn with full headroom
yard. That’s over ten years ago now.      on a big part of the loft. On the other
Nobody understood what we were            hand, the length of the long side has
doing, but now the cabin is a classic.    no limit.
Neither did anybody in Gåje unders-          On the following pages with diffe-
tand our spelling of the village name,    rent versions of Goije, we show what
but with the alternative spelling the     is possible to do with many of our
name is easier to pronounce interna-      models: extend, shorten, angle; add an
tionally.                                 open passage. That’s how the house
   Goije is a really classic barn drawn   can be adapted to everybody’s own
by Gustaf Karlsson. It could well be      needs, to cardinal points and to the
situated in the middle of a field with-    conditions of the grounds.
Goije 46
The smallest Goije is a simple holiday cottage or backyard house with a living space of
46 square meters. The loft over the kitchen and bath room holds one bedroom. The little
Goije is easiest to build on a reinforced concrete slab, but if you want the barn to “hover”
over the ground, you can put floor blocks on plinths. Then you give the house another

Living space 46 m2
Building area 48 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 10 x 6 m
Architect Gustaf Karlsson

                                               Gustaf Karlsson is a skilled architect but
                                               also active as a designer. It was the little
                                               lamp housing (see page 72) 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.

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Goije 70
Goije 70 holds, apart from toilet, kitchen and living room, and a bedroom on the ground
floor. The loft gives extra living space to make one or several rooms. The house is easiest
to build on a reinforced concrete slab, but if you want the barn to “hover” over the
ground, you can put floor blocks on plinths.

Living space 70 m2
Building area 69 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 14 x 6 m
Architect Gustaf Karlsson

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Goije 89
Goije 89 is in the middle separated by an open passage. Over the open passage is a loft
with full headroom of such a good size that there is space for a couple of bedrooms and
a study. You can also leave out the open passage in favor of a bigger coherent living
space. Then you get a planning like the one in Goije 147 without angled extension.

Living space 89 m2
Building area 99 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 19 x 6 m
Architect Gustaf Karlsson

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Goije 147
The biggest Goije model is fully equipped for year-round living. Laundry room, separate
toilets, several bedrooms and a big kitchen at right angles to the living room that is open
up to the ridge. The loft can be planned according to your own imagination.

Living space 147 m2
Building area 146 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 22 x 6 m. Angle 10 m
Architect Gustaf Karlsson

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Architect, MFA, MSA/SIR

In media she has been called “Sweden’s most international desig-
ner”. Still, Anki Gneib is so Swedish when designing for Arvesund.
Anki’s box, made of old barn timber from northern Sweden, has
confidence based on importance: it is naturally beautiful, solid,
simple and useful. Just as immediate now as when it was launched
in 2002. Actually, even hotter in the current recycling period! Many
designers are following today.

             rvesund is a design company. Behind        Sometimes it’s on the verge of the childish, the
             the barn houses there is a very con-       commonplace. But also distinct. One should be
             scious idea regarding design, expres-      able to embrace the design immediately.
             sed in seven design principles (see        Simply, see what it is. All I produce should be
page 6). According to the same logic, Arvesund          easy to understand. I start out from myself,
has engaged a network of eminent Swedish                and I’m an uncomplicated, honest person, a
designers. It’s all about a holistic view, a feel for   person who can’t lie about the smallest thing.
the values that together represent beautiful –             Accordingly, she is also honest to the mate-
and functional – design. Be it a house, a piece         rials she is working with. Wood is far from the
of furniture, an interior detail; there is a com-       only material, but “living in Scandinavia, one
mon denominator: the nearness, the spontanei-           has a natural relation to wood”. At the College
ty. The feeling of “Yes, of course, that’s how a        of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Anki
house, a chair, a candlestick should look like”.        Gneib took the study program for interior and
    This feeling also goes for Anki Gneib: she is       furniture design. As qualifying piece of work
not a troublesome person.                               she chose to create a piece of furniture, a
    – If I should try to describe my idiom, I           wardrobe of birch-plywood with doors covered
would say that it’s playful, maybe more play-           with irregular laminate (it was then produced
ful than that of other Scandinavian designers.          by Cbi).

    – The college had a big, wonderful joinery.      had a great deal of attention that gave many              s
                                                                                                          Anki´ Cross-chair
It’s a long time since I created something of        Italian openings.
wood. Still, I’m fond of “hands-on”, which              But now you want to find your way back to
means that my role in a project goes beyond          the roots? At least a little bit. Why?
the drawing-table. I like that!                         – I’m at the beginning of collaboration with
    In the big commissioned assignments there        two Swedish companies: Örsjö regarding ligh-
are also quite a lot of furniture design, that is,   ting and Voice regarding secondary storage
the architect draws the fixed furnishing (eve-        furniture.
rything from kitchen to reception desks, down           And then Arvesund, of course! Anki Gneib
to in-detail level). But to form a public envi-      was there at the start. It is almost ten years
ronment holds so many other components: it’s         ago since she for the first time came to the joi-
about the people working there; how they             nery in the county of Jämtland, where the old
communicate with each other and how they             barn timber was taken care of. At that time
get along together; and it’s about how you           she had won the Swedish Form competition
want to be per-                                                                       with the collec-
ceived based on                                                                       tion Hambo, a
a company cultu-                                                                      series inspired
re, that the                                                                          by peasant fur-
architect has to                                                                      niture from the
understand in                                                                         county of
order to transla-                                                                     Hälsingland.
te it so that it is                                                                      – I instantly
reflected in the                                                                       fell in love with
furnishing.                                                                           the material,
    Anki Gneib                                                                        how the color
was one in the                                                                        and structure of
quartet that                                                                          the wood is
started the                                                                           changing depen-
architects’ office                                                                     ding on in what
DAPstockholm AB in 2006, where she in the            cardinal direction the barn once sat. I created
capacity of Creative Director worked with ove-       the Box. It was really an eye catcher. On some
rall solutions for both private and public mili-     of them we even kept the moss. And I created
eus, interior design projects such as Universal      cabinets with laths or herring-bone pattern,
Music’s premises in the Garnisonen office             the X-chair and the X-table – all at one sweep.
block in Stockholm and HQ Bank’s office in            After that I have used the barn timber for a
the Sahlénhuset office building. Those were           contrast wall in a boutique in Barcelona, Snow
the days!                                            Mito Nordica, they only sell Swedish design.
    Today, more than four years later, she has          Now it could be time for a new collabora-
left DAP for the liberty of choice again:            tion project. Arvesund has asked Anki Gneib
    – I would like to reconnect to my Swedish        to work out how the idiom of the barn houses
network. I haven’t had time to entertain my          could be introduced in the urban environment.
Swedish connections.                                 And as regards herself, she would like to take
    Anki Gneib has worked a lot in Italy, and        the concept even further:
still does. She has created a lamp, Honkong, for        – It would be cool if you could present the
AV Mazzega, that translates the traditions of        houses outside in, that the fixed furnishing
the Venetian Murano glass to modern design; a        “breathes the house”, that every detail is con-
chair series, Perfo, for Frag; indoor/outdoor fur-   summate: banisters, switches, fittings, eve-
niture for Varaschin; and she has a completely       rything that is built in – a furnishing guide
new collaboration with Slide around plastic          with design in harmony with the house, would
rotary molding for furniture.                        show that Arvesund really cares, not to men-
    Why Italy?                                       tion making the choice easier for the customer,
    – My big light sculpture, Reef, was exposed      of course.
at the Swedish Style fair in Milan in 2005. It

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A modern Swedish
log house
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.

                                          insulation. Ventilation and heating is

            istet is a timbered house
            where the details and fee-    supplied by a heat pump that effici-
            ling in the craftsmanship     ently re-uses the energy.
            is more than enough. The         But Vistet is more than a beautiful
main-body of the house has a simple       house with high rated values regar-
design with horizontal logs. Classic      ding energy and environment, it is
and simple, but that’s no reason for      also a discussion. From being a mat-
being nostalgic. Windows, doors, bal-     ter of course in the 18th – 19th centu-
conies, etc have derived their shaping    ries, the role of the massive timbering
from today’s architecture and idiom.      in Swedish house building has today
   The outer walls only consist of        become more obsolete. The Swedish
massive wood, giving us a range of        building rules do not support the tim-
advantages. Massive wood has a good       bered houses in the same way as in
ability to store heat or cold. In order   Norway and Finland. But with increa-
to bring about a healthy indoor clima-    sing focus on sustainability and good
te, we have opted out the “plastic        choice of material, the timber is
bag”, that is, the house has no vapor     coming back.
barrier. This means that the indoor          Vistet is probably a substantially
climate is balanced with the seasons.     more modern house than we think.
Floor and ceiling have traditional
Vistet 140
Vistet 140 is a type house system for house living that goes well on different places and
landscapes. The house is divided in two parts, one part with common rooms like hall,
kitchen and living room, and one secluded part with bathroom and bedroom. Vistet has a
big joint space for cooking and social life – all gathered around a fireplace – kitchen with
larder and cubby-hole minimizes the need of kitchen fixtures and gives a beautiful living
space. The bedroom section with light partition walls so that different private rooms can
be easily arranged according to your needs. Caring and storing of clothes are located
close to the wet room on the second floor; extra toilet on the ground floor.

Living space 140 m2
Building area 78 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6,5 x 12 x 7 m
Architect Anders Landström och Thomas Sandell

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Vistet 36
The Little Vistet is a compact house, made as a do-it-yourself kit with a little bit of the
same feeling as caravan living or the summer weeks in the boat. The dwelling space is
27 square meters plus a sleeping loft of 9 square meters that can be furnished with
different numbers of beds. The house is made of massive wood with a 5,5 x 5,5 meters
square planning and with a ceiling height of 5 - 6 meters. The design of Vistet 36 is so
generic that it will go well where ever it is placed.

Living space 36 m2
Building area 30 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5,5 x 5,5 x 6,5 m
Architect Anders Landström och Thomas Sandell

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Gunnar Beckman’s series Hara is in       without any extra excesses. By
many respects an exact copy of the       making the best use of the main part
barns spread all over the fields in       of the second floor, we can make
northern Sweden. You see every-          living spaces up to 180 square meters.
where. Even if most of them today are       The village Hara is situated close
not used, they still are a part of the   the water of lake Storsjön in the cove
scenery. The classic meadow barns        leading down to the southern end of
that had only one purpose: to store      the lake. It is in this neighborhood
the hay on the place where it was cut.   that our local “Loch Ness Monster” has
Exteriorly, we have spent all our        been visible most frequently. There-
effort on emulating a classical barn.    fore, please, don’t go too close to the
There should be no doubt about from      water the next time you want to see
where the inspiration has been deri-     the classic meadow barns in their
ved for the three Hara models.           own element!
Straight, simple and classic lines
Hara 76
Hara 76 is on the ground floor lengthwise divided in two parts. The front part holds toilet,
laundry room, entrance and a staircase leading up to the second floor, where two or
three bedrooms can be made. The back part consists of a big open living room with
kitchen along the whole house.

Living space 76,5 m2
Building area 54 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 9 x 7 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Hara 130
Hara 130 is a complete house with three bedrooms on the second floor and a big hall.
The ground floor has the same planning as the smaller Hara, with kitchen and living room
along the whole house. Shutters for all the windows on the ground floor make it possible
to close the house so that it looks like a meadow barn.

Living space 130 m2
Building area 81 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6,5 x 12 x 7,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Hara 178
The big Hara has a staircase in the middle of the house, which gives you a big secluded
kitchen with a big larder. With four bedrooms and large joint areas make Hara 178 to a
house for the big family. Shutters for all the windows on the ground floor make it possible
to close the house so that it looks like a meadow barn.

Living space 178 m2
Building area 110 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6,5 x 16 x 7,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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           “There is no end in itself to make all our houses to look like barns.
           But the look of the houses and the potential of the details make it
           possible to achieve considerably more exiting environments than if
           you base it on a traditional villa.”

In its own environment
            unnar Fröberg and architect           and greenhouses – also can be embraced in a
            Gunnar Bäckman have for a couple      yard milieu.
            of years had the barn from the           – There are a number of different functions
            middle of north of Sweden as basis    that we would like to include in the concept of
for the Arvesund barn house. The conception       “farm buildings”, which could lead to that we
barn house emanates from the USA, where           deliver an overall solution rather than just a
barn houses have been an established archi-       single house. There is nothing wrong with the
tecture for a long time. Earlier in Sweden the    traditional carport, but we insist that you
expression and function of the barn houses        could do so much more of an annex when crea-
haven’t been used in the                                             ting the living of the future.
same way.                                                            More and more people choo-
    – The Swedish villa, for                                         se to work from home, and
that matter, doesn’t have a                                          with modern building and
uniform architecture. If you                                         heating technology, an extra
browse through a house                                               room in a “farm building” is
catalog, there are usually a                                         economically justifiable.
number of styles to choose
between. But looking                                                 Genuine feeling
around, you can easily see                                           for wood
that it is not that simple to                                        Arvesund as well as the
put a modern villa on a                                              partner Derome group base
piece of land at the out-                                            all their products on wood.
skirts of a town. With the                                           In structure and design,
barn houses we add yet                                               wood is the common deno-
another style representing                                           minator. From an environ-
simplicity and beauty, and                                           mental point of view wood
in addition have a connec-                                           is the only sensible building
tion to one of the most                                              material in a country like
known design elements in                                             Sweden. Wood is flexible in
the Swedish scenery, the                                             another way than, for
                                Gunnar Fröberg, Arvesund
Swedish barn.                                                        example, plaster and conc-
                                                                      rete. With today’s produc-
Interested in a                                                       tion technology there is a
whole                                                                 wide range of panels,
For Arvesund it’s not                                                 boards and more or less
enough to draw houses that                                            worked up surfaces to choo-
then are placed somewhere                                             se from.
without respect to the sur-                                               – With the right choice
roundings. They take a big-                                           of colors, with doors,
ger grasp and incorporate                                             details and other design
their offerings in a context.                                         contributions, the expres-
With Arvesund’s design                                                sions of our houses and
principles as basis, the                                              yard milieus will be nume-
model range of houses,                                                rous and varying. Behind a
sheds and cabins, can be                                              sliding door there can just
utilized so that they form                                            as well be a carport as a big
farmyards as well as urban                                            studio window. The “open
milieus. In a number of pro-                                          passage” is just as natural
jects for more coherent sett-                                         in a barn house as a way of
lements Arvesund has                                                  combining a house with a
shown how the barn house                                              joiner’s workshop for the
concept – studios, saunas       Gunnar Bäckman, architekt             future.

In our new model series Marieby we      The origin to the houses is in the villa-
have broadened the barn houses sub-     ge of Marieby on the opposite side of
stantially. With a breadth of almost    the cove towards Östersund. There, big
nine meters, there is room for a more   red houses on the farms are common.
traditional planning with rooms in      Like they did with the old log houses,
both directions. Here we are getting    the Marieby houses are partitioned off
closer to the architecture of the       every four meters with vertical joints
manor house. We even dare to open       and horizontal panel between them,
up a part of the roof to add a dormer   like they did with the old log houses.
window like they had a century ago      That gives us an exterior that captures
as an entrance to the hayloft of the    the classic architecture from older
barn.                                   times in a modern shape.
Marieby 155
Marieby 155 is a barn house with full breadth, which makes it possible to plan the rooms
parallelly. Here the dormer window gives extra space to the hall between the four rooms
on the second floor. The exterior is covered with horizontal panel, which is regularly inter-
rupted like the beam joints on old log houses.

                                                                                               K/F   K/F

Living space 155 m  2

Building area 102 m2                                                                                                   TS

Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 9 x 11 x 7 m

Architect Gunnar Bäckman


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Marieby 155 alternative
The same framework as for Marieby 155, but without dormer window and with a different
planning. With an extra big hall you get workrooms adjacent to the entrance. The second
floor can partly be opened down to the ground floor, or you choose to keep it as a whole

floor in order to get room for up to four bedrooms. The balconies double as entrance

                                                                                                        Grovkök                          Kök
roofs, and if you wish you can add a “greenroom” in connection to the living room. With


                                                                                                                  F                        K/F   K/F

this type of façade you can have two colors on the house.

Living space 155 m2
Building area 102 m2                                                                               G




Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 9 x 11 x 7 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman
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                                                                                                                      Ev. lyftbord
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Marieby 183
This is the same house as Marieby 155 but with one more section added to one of the
gables. This section gives you on the ground floor an extra big living room. The added           TM

section is open up to the ridge. The kitchen is in this version integrated with the extra big

hall. The balcony doubles as roof for the entrance. With this type of façade you can

choose to combine two colors on the whole house or on just a part of it.

Living space 183 m2
Building area 134 m2                                                                                      G    G   G   F     F

Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 9 x 15 x 7 m                                                                 F    F   F   K/F   K/F

Architect Gunnar Bäckman
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Hunge is a modern version of a mea-       dows on one of the gables covered
dow barn from the north of Sweden.        with laths. An airy way of shutting
By accentuating the joint between the     out; but at the same time keeping the
two floors with big doors, panel and       light and the view of the scenery.
choice of color, we create a modern          In this catalog you see a number of
expression starting from an old form.     versions among which our studio is
   It was also with our first version of   the most spectacular. The origin to
Hunge as a starting point that we         our big Hunge is stolen with pride
began to work with the studio barn        from a barn along the road to the vil-
house. On our very smallest version       lage of Ås, a slanting roof over the
of Hunge – about seventy square           extension almost to the ground.
meters – we opened it up with win-
Hunge 71
Hunge 71 is a compact little house where the staircase doubles as a wall towards the
kitchen. The second floor can hold 2 – 3 bedrooms. Roof windows, special shutters and
a mix of horizontal and vertical panels create possibilities for variable coloring.

Living space 71,5 m2
Building area 46 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 8 x 7 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

Hunge studio
Hunge studio is a version with open planning and a fully glazed gable inside an exterior

Living space 71 m2
Building area 54 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 6 x 8 x 7 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman



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Hunge 109
Hunge 109 can – like the smaller models – be parted horizontally in the middle between
vertical and horizontal panels. Shutters with wooden color and panel are broken against
a black second floor and a shiny tin roof. The second floor holds up to three bedrooms
with roof windows. Since Hunge has a compact shape, it allows for adding verandas,
orangeries and terraces on all sides of the house. The model can also be extended in
case of need for a bigger living space.

Living space 109,5 m2
Building area 73 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 11 x 7 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Hallen is the village opposite Arve-      We started sketching this model in a
sund across the Lake Storsjön where       context where we were drawing a far-
it’s sloping abruptly down to the         myard milieu and wanted to make a
water Storsjön. You recognize people      barn house look like the long farm
from Hallen on their uneven suntan;       building you always found on the old
as always when living on a slope you      farms, a building for carriages, fire
have the sun behind you.                  wood, timber, etc. Now it has grown to
    The Hallen model is like the villa-   a full big house that has demands on
ge: one big slope. A half house with a    its surrounding but also – if it’s tur-
very special planning. The high back      ned in the right direction – can cap-
wall gives fantastic possibilities to     ture the sun even better than the
dock a lean-to greenhouse, a larder,      people living in the village Hallen.
guest-house, green room.
Hallen 96
Hallen 96 is a half house with a ground floor that at each end is covered by a loft. In the
middle it is open up to the ridge and on the back wall are the staircases leading up to the
two lofts, one bigger and one smaller. The big roof can usefully be used to store solar
heat. On the backside the house can be extended with a variety of functions.                  G   G   G   G   G    UP
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Living space 96 m2                                                                                                           KS   KS


Building area 82 m2                                                                                                                         TS

Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 5 x 15 x 7 m                                                                                                   TM

Architect Gunnar Bäckman


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This is how it has looked like for cen-    Most people love the little house as it
turies. Small timbered “härbres” in        is, but perhaps some extra square
the middle of the tilled land. It has      meters wouldn’t do any harm. There-
been popular to move them to the           fore we have made a couple of ver-
gardens and turn them into guest           sions where we have extended it or
houses. Sikås is our copy of the classic   even docked another Sikås to another
härbre. Small building area but fasci-     Sikås to another Sikås – twin, twin…
natingly big when you get on the loft.
                                                                                             Sikås 33

Sikås 33, 42
Sikås has a completely open planning on the ground floor and a big loft of about eight
square meters with full headroom in the middle. A toilet can be placed either in an exten-
sion outside the house or just to the left in the entrance. The glazed double wing door in
the living room opens up the house in the summer. When you are not there, the shutters are
easily closed and you have a little well insulated, compact holiday house for two persons.
                                                                                             Sikås 42
Living space 33 m2                            Living space 42 m2
Building area 38,5 m2                         Building area 45,5 m2
Ca. measurements (wxlxh) 4,5x7x5,5 m          Ca. measurements (wxlxh) 4,5x7x5,5 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman                      Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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Sikås in a row, 80 –120
Two Sikås can usefully be put together having a common entrance. This way a house of
up to 80 square meters is created and can be planned according to your own needs.
Both lofts have full headroom which means that you can make use of most of the area
for bedrooms and storing. With three Sikås in a row you get a house with a living space
of up to 120 square meters.

Living space 80 - 120 m2
Building area 70 - 130 m2
Architect Gunnar Bäckman



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“You always want to live
in the house you have
drawn last.”
That’s what interior designer and designer David Franzén says.
If that were true he would right now have installed himself in a
Kolåsen barnhouse, his latest model for Arvesund. Or plan for
moving to Barcelona and one of the exclusive apartments that he
has drawn for the top floor in the 100-meters skyscraper close to
Gaudi’s cathedral La Segrada Familia.

It’s not supposed to be                                                       he has used a new grip
taken literally, though:                                                      and given it a slightly
    – But I really enter                                                      different expression.
into how it would be                                                             – I have been inspi-
living in the houses I                                                        red by the plastered
draw. I want eve-                                                             parts you often see on
rything to be optimal.                                                        cowsheds, so Kolåsen
As an interior designer                                                       has a ground floor with
I work inside out, rat-                                                       horizontal, white
her than the opposite                                                         panel-work – up to a
and I guess that is                                                           height of 2,5 meters.
many times an advan-                                                          The rest of the house
                           Euro pallet, low coffee table after famous
tage. Historically you                                                        has vertical panel-
could say that you                                                            work, painted with iron
have “thought from the outside” when drawing sulphate or Falun Red. It gives a fine contrast
a house. Then of course the placing of the win- and is quite rational: the joint you always get
dows is an effect of how the architect wants         in a block built house is conjured away where
the facade to look.                                  the panel-work changes direction.
    – The interior designer primarily focuses on        Now, plaster is never an option. A barn
the room, on how the light is taken care of; on      house is built of wood. “Feeling of wood” is one
where you want to open up and look out; or on of Arvesund’s design principles, a principle
where you want to shut or draw the curtain.          that Daniel Franzén naturally sticks to.
With that starting point, when planning a               He has worked with wood already since the
house, you get a greater variation, both on the      first year at the College of Arts, Crafts and
outside and the inside.                              Design in 1997. Mainly because wood was the
    Daniel Franzén has created three barn            cheapest material to make prototypes of, but
houses for Arvesund: Slåtteråsen, Bringåsen          just as much because he thought pinewood
and now Kolåsen – new in this catalog.               was beautiful.
Kolåsen is a bit different from the earlier             In the old classrooms of the college, the
models. Firstly it is substantially big; secondly walls were covered with panel that had aged

and darkened until it gradually looked more          This was in 2005, and he was quite evidently
like high-grade wood, hard as oak but with a      ahead of his time. But then the bottle candle-
surface as soft as satin.                         sticks reappeared on the front page of Elle
   – At the end of the 90’s, minimalism was       Interiör in the home of Filippa K in Paris. Then
what counted. But I felt that all the bare, cold, it got going in the press. Now they are top-of-
white needed to be warmed up.                     the-line design and sold not only in Sweden but
   He happened to be a champion for pine-         also in Holland and soon also in the US.
wood to such a degree                                                          His latest wooden
that some journalists                                                       project is the remode-
wrote about him as                                                          ling of a three-room
the “pinewood man”.                                                         apartment on
In his qualifying piece                                                     Södermalm in
of work in 2004 – a                                                         Stockholm.
fully functional 11                                                            – There I work enti-
square meter apart-                                                         rely with thin matt
ment, about which a                                                         varnished plywood on
great deal was written                                                      walls, floor and ceiling
– he made all surfaces                                                      in one of the rooms
white (such a small                                                         and as floor material
area had to be kept                                                         in combination with
unembellished) –                                                            white in the other
except the ceiling and                                                      rooms and together
walls of the sleeping-                                                      with black-marbled
loft that were covered                                                      white marble in the
with sheets of pine                                                         kitchen. It’s so beauti-
veneer.                                                                     ful!
   – Already at the                                                            But then he also
sketching stage I dis-                                                      makes jewelries, one is
covered how much the                                                        worn by Madonna,
pinewood contributed                                                        Unity, a combination of
to the room.               Mr Mudd and Mr Gold" with Franzén's furni-       the symbols of three
Something happened.        shing was awarded The Shop of the Year 2010 religions, and One
   In his past he spent                                                     Earth, a combination
one year in Yamagata, Japan, which he says        of the tree of life and the peace symbol. And
has made a lasting impression:                    he creates lamps, furniture, interior details.
   – The Japanese are masters of using wood.      Why?
They do it in the most exquisite way and I am        – It’s all about passion, I become absorbed.
definitely influenced by them.                      The media reflects what I want to mediate. If
   Today he doesn’t have to stand up for his      I’m mad about something, it’s easier to ex-
stubborn use of pinewood anymore since all        press it in a piece of jewelry than in a house.
that can be wooden now is wooden. Wood is            –Then it’s also that all I do is insanely fun.
the hottest material for 2011 according to the    At the same time I think you keep yourself
people who set the trends home in Sweden          more curious if you diversify. It should never
and abroad. But it has not always been like       be an ordinary day.
that. When he created his bottle-shaped cand-        That’s why he takes part in the competition
lesticks of pinewood, after his early years of    for the assignment of drawing the skyscraper
alternative use of empty wine-bottles, they got in Barcelona. Red as a Rioja at the base it
a great deal of applause from the designer        stretches towards sun-yellow at the top mee-
community but hardly from the public.             ting the bright-blue sky. That’s how he visuali-
   – I was about to start a bold venture for      zes it.
launching the bottles in all shops of                – If not otherwise, it has been a very enter-
Designtorget. Not a single bottle was sold and    taining exercise – I realize “My god, in fact I
eventually they disappeared from the shelves.     can make a house that is very big”.

Bringåsen is the younger sister of     In this catalog we show two small
Slåtteråsen. Narrower, lower and       versions with a living space of about
more simple. With its barely five       fifty square meters. Bringåsen should
meters breadth it doesn’t need any     be experienced as – and be – simple.
complicated structure, so it can be    A straight and modest barn possible
divided with walls according to your   to place anywhere.
Bringåsen 44
Bringåsen is a very narrow and simple barn house. Kitchen and bathroom in the middle
of the house creates a simple loft for extra beds or storing. The planning can be varied
by the fact that the house is so narrow that no inside walls are supporting.               LOFT

Living space 44 m2
Building area 53 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 4,5 x 12 x 5 m
Architect Daniel Franzén

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Bringåsen 63
The same simple, narrow house as in the small version but now longer. A bedroom at the
gable and a bigger living room at the other end. Can be delivered without any inside
walls or with a planning that covers the demands of a smaller family’s need for a simpler
holiday house.

Living space 63 m2
Building area 75 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 4,5 x 17 x 5 m
Architect Daniel Franzén

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     Why can’t Sweden have the same
     rules as England regarding how big a
     backyard house should be without
     having to apply for a building permit?
        Some years ago the Swedish rules
     for the “Friggeboden” were changed so
     that as long as it wasn’t bigger than
     15 square meters, you didn’t need a
     building permit. However, they forgot
     a detail in the decision: the height
     was still limited to 3 meters.
        A backyard house must be higher
     in order to keep its proportions. Our
     two series of backyard houses are 4
     meters high and up to 30 square
     meters big. Exactly the same measu-
     rements that are allowed in England.
        In Sweden this size of building
     requires building permit. In order to
     create backyard milieus with small
     simple complementary buildings, we
     need houses with these measure-

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                                                                                                 Ocke 15

Ocke 3 x 5

                                                                                                 Ocke 21

Ocke 3 x 7


Ocke 3 x 10
                                                                                                 Ocke 30


Arvesund’s backyard house Ocke is only 3 meters broad. The ridge height is limited to 4

meters and the length to 10 meters. It is available in three sizes with areas from 15 to 30
square meters. Above the little toilet there is room for a loft, or more like a quarter berth.             TM

The glazed double wing doors can either be on the long side or on a gable. The houses
are delivered without furnishing.

Building area 15 – 30 m2
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

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                                                                                                 Ytterocke 23

Ytterocke 3,6 x 6,5


Arvesund’s a bit broader backyard house, Ytterocke, is 3,6 meters broad. The ridge
height is limited to 4 meters and the length to 8 meters. It’s available in two sizes giving a
building area from 23 to 29 square meters. Above the little toilet there is room for a loft,
or more like a quarter berth. The glazed double wing doors, making the entrance, can eit-
her be on the long side or on a gable. The houses are delivered without furnishing.
                                                                                                 Ytterocke 29
Building area 23 – 29 m2
Architect Gunnar Bäckman

  Ytterocke 3,6 x 8

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Room for solitude
and silence
The first time the Hermit’s Cabin was shown, was over twenty
years ago at the furniture fair in Stockholm. Ten years later
Arvesund started to collaborate with Mats Theselius and in year
2000 the cabin was exhibited in a new shape at the Modern
museum in Cologne. Inside and outside covered with old recycled
barn timber. As a symbol for solitude and silence, it has after that
been at several fairs and exhibitions all around the world.
                                                                                                       MATS THESELIUS
                                                                                                       Mats is the originator to many
“I guess most people connect hermit’s life to      and exhibited in a number of countries. It has
                                                                                                       of the pieces of furniture that
mysticism and religion” says Mats “but that is     been exposed in Stockholm, Tokyo, Bologna,
                                                                                                       attracted most attention during
wrong. It’s rather a matter of challenging the     Cologne, Hamburg and The Hague. A limited
                                                                                                       the nineties in Sweden. He
hectic city life and taking a natural step back.   edition has been sold all over the world.
                                                                                                       debuted with the Moose-skin
I want to show the possibility to escape from         On request from our customers it has been
                                                                                                       armchair in 1985. It was made
the urban life for a while. The cabin challeng-    adapted for placing in woods, on cliffs, in olive
                                                                                                       of iron plate and moose-skin.
es the discussions about the individual contra     groves and by the water. Each customer has
                                                                                                       1995 – 1996 he was professor
the society and human needs for solitude. For      his own request and idea of how his room for
                                                                                                       of the HDK - School of Design
that reason we have filled the cabin with the       solitude and silence should look. Today there
                                                                                                       and Crafts in Gothenburg. He
few things you need. Here you can eat, sleep,      are cabins for private use as well as for retre-
                                                                                                       was awarded the Grand Award
read or just do nothing at all”.                   at and stay-over at hotels and conference
                                                                                                       of Design in 1997, and in 1999
   Since 2001 the Hermit’s Cabin has been sold     establishments.
                                                                                                       he got the price for the
                                                                                                       Furniture of the Year.
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In its most exclusive design the        on the choices of the customer and is
Hermit’s Cabin is covered with old      delivered as prefabricated building
barn timber inside and outside. For     blocks. This makes it possible to erect
the interior the old timber creates a   the cabin on the oddest places where
unique character. By paneling the       you want to create your own room for
outside walls with new calcimined       solitude and silence. The cabin is of
weather-boarding and the inner walls    course fit for use the year-around
with old timber you get a contrast      with organic insulation in floor, walls
giving a completely other feeling.      and roof. Galvanized steel sheet for
   Each cabin is custom-made based      roof, window sills and gutters.

The Hermit’s Cabin
The Hermits Cabin
The Hermit’s Cabin is 7,5 square meters and optimal for one person. Insulated and cosy      G
in order to be used all the year round. The cabin is delivered without furnishing. If you
want it furnished there is a wood stove with water heater, besides there is a furnishing
package comprising bed, chair, wardrobe and a set of shelves. There is also a textile
package with curtains, lambskin and bed textiles.

Building area 7,5 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 2,6 x 2,9 x 3 m
Architect Mats Theselius

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The Eremitage
The Eremitage (the hermitage) is          Also the Eremitage is a place to go to
Mats Theselius’ latest contribution to    for both experiencing and challenging
Arvesund. The Eremitage is originated     our most basic needs regarding food
from a discussion about a bigger nest     and warmth. One thing is important:
for solitude and silence. But with its    it should be fun to come to the
fifteen square meters it was so big that   Eremitage” Mats emphasizes.
the conception of a “cabin” seemed too    “Everyone, who arrives at the Hermit’s
small for it. That’s the reason for the   Cabin with all the things he planned
new name.                                 to do, will soon realize that it is more
   “In a way the Eremitage is a natu-     fun to make life in the cabin work
ral evolution of the Hermit’s Cabin.      than doing what never was done.”
The Eremitage
                                                                                                                                     säng   säng

                                                                                                          säng   säng

The Eremitage is 15 square meters big and made for two to four persons. Insulated and
cosy in order to be used all the year around. Toilet and shower are either separated and

can be reached from separate doors from the outside or through a common door inside the                                   garderob


house. (see the planning sketches). The Eremitage is delivered without furnishing. If you


would like it furnished you can add a woodstove/gas stove with a washing-up sink, besides

there is a furnishing package comprising beds, table and chairs.

Building area 15 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3 x 5 x 3 m
Architect Mats Theselius

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Taking a trip around the lakes west of    Thanks to its simple shape, Bodsjö
the village Bräcke, you sooner or later   can be joined to many other versions
get to the village Bodsjö. Fantastic      for many other purposes. One purpose
nature areas and fishing-waters where      could be a quite a big greenhouse. In
everybody should spend a couple of        the north of Italy there is a Bodsjö
days of their lives. Our Bodsjö series    sauna. And on the Lofoten Islands a
has its shape from the Hermit’s Cabin     Bodsjö is used for sleeping accommo-
and the countless hunting cabins you      dation.
find all around Sweden.
                                                                                         Bodsjö 15


Bodsjö 15
Bodsjö 15 has its entrance door on one of the short sides and a back wall completely
covered, no door no windows. With the broad glazed doors the shed can be opened up
to the front. It can be planned and used as a shed, guestroom or sauna. It’s delivered
without any furnishing.

Building area 15 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 2,5 x 5,5 x 3 m                                             Bodsjö 15
Architect Arvesund                                                                       alternativ


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                                                                                             Bodsjö 30

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Bodsjö variations
Bodsjö can be varied in different ways. Half of the house can be made to a veranda. The
sturdily framed roof makes it possible to gradually furnish and wall in the whole or parts
of this veranda. The two variations can also be joined together to a long low house. If
you have green fingers you will see the potential in Bodsjö orangery. The back wall can
distribute solar heat in coils or hold pipes with hot water from the stoves.
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Byom 15
Byom 15 is a very simple shed that through its square shape can be planned according
to the need for living space. On all the walls doors and windows can be placed any-
where. The shed is delivered without any furnishing.

Building area 15 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3,5 x 4,5 x 3 m
Architect Gunnar Bäckman


Kläppe is fifteen square meters big     you have use for a little extra house.
and three meters high. It has room     Next time you take the road from
for a sauna or perhaps a room for      Svenstavik up towards Åre, turn
stay-over-night.                       down over Gärdsta and you will get a
   Just like Anders Landström’s        beautiful detour of about a Swedish
Nytorp also his little Kläppe blends   mile close to the water of Lake
well into most of the milieus where    Storsjön.
                                                                                               Kläppe 15

                                                                                               Kläppe bastu

Kläppe 15
Kläppe is a shed with large glazed areas, furnished as a sauna or a guest-house. The big
windows can be placed on the short or long walls depending on where the house will be
situated. A slightly slanting roof on top of the compact cube gives good volume indoors
even if the shed isn’t more than three meters high. Externally it is covered with horizontal
bond-line panel.

Building area 15 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3,5 x 4 x 3 m
Architect Anders Landström

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When the first heat radiates from the     The sauna stove comes from Harvia
wooden fired sauna-stove you realize      and is mounted according to standard
what distinguishes one sauna from        fire-protection regulations.
another sauna. Being a producer of          After all we should place a sauna
insulated sheds and not launching a      in the western ski-slope of the moun-
sauna model of his own would be          tain Åreskutan. Preferably among the
regarded as a breach of duty.            Arctic birches at the tree limit. The
   Now there are a number of sauna       fact that this would be in the neigh-
models to choose from. The exterior is   borhood of the Buustamon mountain
boarded with calcimined weather-         hotel, makes it even better. It’s a
boarding. For the inner walls and        genuine and well preserved farm
benches we use alder or ash wood.        from the end of the 1900th century.

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Buustamon 10
Buustamon is a sauna with two meters long benches which makes it possible to use as a
stay-overnight cottage. The exterior is boarded with calcimined weather-boarding. For
the inner walls and benches we use alder or ash wood. The sauna stove comes from
Harvia with a complete installation kit according to standard fire-protection regulations.

The black sauna shed has smaller windows and a more ordinary entrance. The red one
has a bigger entrance and a scenic window.

Based on the structure of the Hermit’s cabin we offer also a smaller sauna for 3 – 5
persons. As an option this little sauna is available with old recycled panel indoors which
creates both a specific light and a specific feeling.

Building area 10 m2
Ca. measurements (wxlxh) 2,5x3,5x3 m
Architect Arvesund

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Lit 15
In this cubistic model Daniel Franzén has created “compact living” in a fifteen square meter
shed. In spite of its smallness, the planning has all functions you may need. At the front the
cube is opened with a broad glazed door and from this side you reach both kitchen,
shower and sleeping loft. Through the entrance on the back wall you reach the toilet and
the little living room up on the loft. Storing space is above the toilet and up on the loft.

Lit can also be furnished as a sauna. Half of the area is then used for sauna with room
for up to 8 persons. Behind this is a toilet, a shower and perhaps a little kitchenette.

Building area 15 m2
Ca. measurements (w x l x h) 3 x 5 x 3 m
Architect Daniel Franzén

                                  Planning for Lit sauna

Arvesund in collaboration with A-hus

           Arvesund Living AB
          Björneborgsvägen 11
             SE-830 13 Åre
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