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Center and Periphery

Center and Periphery

Five Houses by Mikael Bergquist

By (author) Mikael Bergquist
Foreword by Charlotte von Moos


Publishing 10th Jun 2024
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    • Features five holiday homes in Sweden designed by Mikael Bergquist, one of the country’s leading specialists for small-scale timber architecture
    • Each house is documented with newly taken photographs, plans, and sections
    • Offers a comprehensive survey of contemporary small scale timber construction in Sweden, which is little known outside the country
    • Sustainable architecture and building with locally sourced materials is highly topical
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    The book collects five holiday homes in Sweden designed by Stockholm-based architect Mikael Bergquist. Realised over more than two decades, they are all located in the Swedish countryside and root in the Nordic tradition of timber construction and the simplicity and economy of historic Swedish farm buildings. Bergquist’s great care for detail and choice of materials characterise these houses. They are united also by a close relationship to the surrounding nature, the experience of which is enhanced by the concepts of movement and the placement of passages between outside and inside.

    The houses are documented with newly taken photographs as well as with plans and sections. In his supplementing essay, Bergquist writes about the special position of working as an architect on the periphery of Europe. He draws a picture of Swedish architecture that is marked by what he calls “fruitful misunderstandings” of current movements, and in which poverty of the rural population has been a major factor in the evolution of design and construction of dwellings.

    About the Author

    Mikael Bergquist is an architect and writer based in Stockholm, where he has been running his own studio since 1996. He is also a lecturer in the Masters program at Stockholm’s KHT Royal Institute of Technology.

    Park Books
    Publish date
    10th Jun 2024
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    210 mm x 170 mm
    64 Pages
    42 color, 19 b&w
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