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This Minimalist Wood A-Frame Is a Treehouse for Adults

An endearing Swedish summer house with massive windows, plywood interiors, and a climbable facade, by architect Leo Qvarsebo

This Minimalist Wood A-Frame Is a Treehouse for Adults

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Field Mag

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Åke E:son Lindman

https://www.fieldmag.com/articles/minimalist-a-frame-adult-treehouse-dalarna-summer-house

If you’re a regular on architecture blogs and collect cabin-related coffee table books, then the Summer House in Dalarna may be familiar. Though it has made the rounds a few times before, with summer steadily approaching we couldn’t help but find ourselves again marveling at the funky triangular cottage, and again admiring its perfectly simply design brief—to create a space for cooking outdoors and indoors, with a quiet reading area and bedroom beneath the stars.

And so here we are, sharing one of our all-time favorites simply for the sake of spreading the delight this little cabin was designed to embody.

Defined by a sloping front facade that doubles as a climbing wall for the kids of architect and owner Leo Qvarsebo, the unique summer house embodies carefree summer fun.

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Large picture frame windows and the structure’s directional design embrace and celebrate the natural setting—the site faces a green grass pasture with its back to a typical Swedish forest—while a large terrace and minimalist plywood interior with encourage a life lived mostly outdoors.

Designed as “like a treehouse for adults,” the split-level house is made entirely of wood and features a largely open main floor with intimate living quarters and large dormer windows up top. All of which orient towards the expansive surrounding landscape. With stunning views from every turn, the modest summer house draws the outside in, and reminds visitors to get outside and make the most of what Mother Nature offers.

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