Solbrinken Ordinary House. Sweden.

Photography by Björn Lofterud.

The founders of Swedish architecture firm In Praise of Shadows were so influenced by Jun’chirō Tanizaki’s renowned essay on Japanese aesthetics that they took the title of the essay as their firm's name; applying a Swedish interpretation to the discussions of light, darkness, and the contrasts of tradition and change. Situated outside a forest in Nacka, near Stockholm, this self-contained compound of two buildings provides a house and studio for an artist, designer, and their three children. compound features traditional wooden construction. The architects channeled copious amounts of light through double-height windows at both ends of the house.