• Front view

    Front view

  • View from side

    View from side

  • Front view

    Front view

  • View from loggia

    View from loggia

  • Fireplace from entrance

    Fireplace from entrance

  • View from sauna

    View from sauna

  • Sauna


  • Grass gutter

    Grass gutter

  • Axonometric drawing

    Axonometric drawing

  • Plan


  • Section 1:20

    Section 1:20

  • Section 1:50

    Section 1:50

  • View from main building

    View from main building

A House Around A Chimney


A House around a chimney is a sauna constructed around a central brick chimney that is both structural and functional.

We were commissioned to design a sauna within the Swedish permit free rule “Friggedbodsregler”. The rule allows a permit free house that is less than 15 square meter and 3 meter in building height being placed at the same plot as an existing main building. Another permit free rule also allows a 15 square meter canopy covering an outdoor area. We combined the two permit free structures into an indoor/outdoor facility under a symmetrical hip roof leaning on one central chimney.

The solid brick chimney works as a central pillar but bends in an out to fit the functions of the different rooms. Inside the sauna a cut out is made for the sauna unit. In the small rest area, the fireplace has a convex shaped subtraction to fit a wood stove insert. On the outside area the fireplace has the same shaped concave addition to fit a bigger fireplace.

Both indoor and outdoor floors are made in the same limestone tiles. Indoor walls, ceiling and fixed furniture is made from heat-treated aspen wood. The client had a wish to have an almost invisible house from the main building so the house is painted dark brown with a grass covered roof making the house almost disappear in the vegetation.

“A House around a Chimney” and “A House for two Ferraris” are two additions to the same estate in Stockholm. Starting off with the same roof type but then allowed to become its own individual architectural projects when adapting to site and purpose.