Wingardhs Mill House


Wingardhs is committed to the artistic and poetic dimensions of architecture.”

Mill House

Wingardhs Mill House in Vastra Karup, Sweden is a manifestation of the Swedish ritual of sauna and bathing.

Well I think they nailed this one. This house probably cost a pretty penny (therefore not an option for most of the people on the planet) but I couldn’t resist posting it due to the sheer beauty of it.

This place is basically a small vacation house with a sauna and an adjacent pool for the post-sauna-dip. I could live this way. How about you?

Check out the rest of the photos courtesy of Gert Wingardh and shot by James Silverman.

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

Mill House

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  1. 2
    Debbie C

    This is a very tranquil house, not too small, very nature oriented. Love the water right outside. People live in & take up too much space anyway.

  2. 5
    Justin George

    That’s not really all that small. I lived in a 330 sq ft efficiency for two months, that was pretty small. If it weren’t for the murphy bed, you couldn’t have walked from the bathroom to the kitchen.

  3. 9
    Tomas

    yes, that fireplace. three sides glass? good way to finesse the open fireplace subject to all the meandering breezes. how DOES it draw? and do the glass panels discolor?

  4. 10
    Tomas

    elegant, clean and yes, that fireplace. three sides glass? good way to finesse the open fireplace subject to all the meandering breezes. how DOES it draw? and do the glass panels discolor?

  5. 13
    Frank

    Hi! very pleasing home,with the cost of energy going up and up it would not be feasible in cold winter climate of north america.Maybe if there was a house for -30 degree weather with this pleasing looks and living area..

  6. 17
    Zachary Tyler

    I don’t think that the designer was aiming for sustainability. I don’t think the wood is excessive at all. For me the fact that the house is basically made of wood, concrete, and stone tile(?) makes it a really cohesive….minimal house. It flows together beautifully.

    I doubt any of the owner’s gripes have anything to do with frying bacon with guests over.

  7. 19
    Dada

    There are houses such as this in Finland (well, not sure about the roof material) and we get -30 temperatures from time to time. The insulation of the walls and glass walls just needs to be good – there’s nothing more to it.

  8. 22
    A Ninny Mouse ;D

    Looks like the cost efficient house that a young couple would enjoy. . . .

    I love it

    How cool would it be to say,

    “yah, that’s my house. . . . mmhmm!”

    it’s so cute!!!!!!

    yayz for “cutsey” houses!!!!!

  9. 23
    Organicman

    I was amazed how easily the tranction from inside to out. As if one becons to the other. The house has a cozy feeling to it yet it connects you to the outdoors. I could see me living in this house up in the mountians somewhere.

  10. 25
    cosmichd

    Very beautifull, japanese-style summer cottage. I do not believe that living in that hause all year long is possible, in Sweden or Finland, yet. Maybe later, when climate is milder and you don’t have to keep it warm.

    Typically houses in Finland have 4-layer glass in their windos, and still it is just windows that leak the warm out.

  11. 26
    Erik

    Wood is sustainable. The stuff grows on trees. Unless you don’t have forests where you are.

    I like the pool and some of the outside arrangement. I don’t think I like the geometries of the house itself, especially that uncomfortable peaked ceiling over the bed.

  12. 27
    robert

    Very sustainable indeed, wood and glass. When it get’s old, recycle it. Beautiful place, has a warming feel to it. I love the pattern in the staircase. Very unique.

  13. 33
    zulshafii

    Not bad for a small house.Good proportion and excellent details.But where do I park my car? I guess I can live without the automobile.Out of sight,out of mind.

  14. 34
    Josh

    Cool. But I don’t want to rent it, I want to own it. Communism rules, under Communism you and I and everybody can use it! When can I move in? Post the address, phone number and other details of the owners so that I can give them a call!

  15. 37
    ps

    This is not a house…it´s two geometrical figures combined..
    I love mathematics though – who..whitch, like the idea, is neutral – a basic (represents itself with the lack of personalty)…(whitch, again, is soo common these days..)

  16. 43
    Shai

    SHIRLEY: Do you understand that wood IS sustainable…… thats the whole point! Wheras materials such as concrete/plastic/metals are NOT. Think about it……

  17. 46
    Winter

    Too much wood, Where do you eat? Terrible place for the stove. (food splashing in LR) Why not put the stove on the outside wall and vent it outside?. Wood overkill in the bedroom. I like the seating and half wall and really like the small functional Kit layout ( stove placement aside).
    Love the water and site layout. outdoor patio is sweet.

    Overall it looks a bit overly designed and thought out for my tastes. Fewer design clues and a slightly more relaxed geometry would benefit this house. At least for me.

  18. 48
    Shirley

    No Shai, Don’t kid yourself just yet. Not to this degree it’s not! A little bit of everything is just right!

    SHIRLEY: Do you understand that wood IS sustainable…… thats the whole point! Wheras materials such as concrete/plastic/metals are NOT. Think about it……

  19. 50
    steven

    How does one get blueprints to this home, and how does the fireplace work? how DOES it draw? and do the glass panels discolor? How many square feet in the home and Aprox price per sq. ft to build? Please reply very interested.

    • 51
      SHS

      Hi Steven,

      The best way to get any of that information is to contact Wingardhs directly. There is a link in the post. Let us know what you find and best of luck. We’d love to see pictures of your Mill House!

      SHS

  20. 55
    cher

    i believe this house is a summer house or guest house on a farm with a larger, everyday house so perhaps that explains the less functional aspects of this place. i imagine that it wasn’t designed for everyday use. also, it’s in sweden where you don’t have to worry so much about bugs, even in the summer. and lots of light wood especially is very common in summer homes. i agree that it’s mycket beautiful! if only the whole world were so sweet… :)
    p.s. i’d worry more about water snakes than bugs anyway!

  21. 58
    paul walker

    Would like to know more.
    If you are CHER this house type is what you could have
    to run to and to get back to earth around the world anyplace you
    want….Wonderful for people on a low or fixed income…

    52 disabled free recycler believe this house could be made from
    last year’s model of things that goes into land fills… looking
    for my chance..

  22. 60
    Federico Rodríguez

    Me gustaría comprar una casa de estas características para poner en un centro de ski en Chile. ¿Cuanto me costaría?

    Saludos y gracias

    Federico

  23. 61
    Philippine Hotels

    Looks like a small house but when you look inside of it, wow it is big and amazing. i would live to live in a place like this. Actually it looks like a peaceful house. My favorite part is the room in the attic. It is so perfect. the interior is nice. Oh i just stumbled it too and i enjoy the house!

  24. 62
    Tammy Jandi

    This is so beautiful!
    Would building it without the sauna and pool lower the cost?
    I live in australia and would love to build it here!

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