Tham & Videgård Arkitekter // Viksberg, Sweden // 2008
While learning how to model with Revit, I studied Garden House by Tham & Videgård.
Garden House by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is notable for its encompassing trellis exterior that integrates the built structure with the surrounding natural environment. This trellis cladding will be examined using Revit, with close attention paid to the connection points: how it’s attached to the intermediate facade, and how the three surface planes meet at the corners.
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter’s intention with this project was to design a structure that acts as a vertical addition to the garden, blurring the boundary between the natural and built landscape. From the exterior, The trellis facade encourages vines to entwine the entirety of the structure, veiling windows and concealing the home within the greenery. From the interior, sunlight streams through the trellis cladding, creating an airy, open-plan space. The triangular site determined the footprint of the building, which was optimally positioned to ensure even sunlight across all facades.
The intentions of the architects were gradually realized after the completion of the built structure, and will continue to be enhanced over the lifetime of the building. At time of completion, the trellis cladding appeared bare and alienated from the underlying structure. As the vines took root, the intentions of the architects were realized as the trellis became clad in greenery.