Simonsson House is a minimal residence located in Boden, Sweden, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects. Unusually strict zoning regulations resulted in the design of a private house next to the major river Lule älv, in the north of Sweden, just south of the Arctic Circle. The local regulations stipulated that the house must have a maximum building height of just 4.2 metres and a red roof. To meet these restrictions and take advantage of the views towards the river, a single pitch roof construction was used. The resulting building height was kept within regulations by using a calculated mean value around the house. The house is composed of two trapezoidal volumes facing in opposite directions. The larger volume forms the living space and is orientated towards the river, while the smaller volume contains a garage and sauna with a roof terrace. To emphasize the building’s sculptural qualities, the entire house was finished in red paint, fulfilling the stipulation for a red roof.

Photography by Åke E:son Lindman