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Commissioned Photography for the esteemed Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh's new book. Over three immersive days in Oslo, Gert and I embarked on an enriching exchange of ideas, seeking to encapsulate the very essence of his exceptional project through the lens. Amidst the interplay of light, form, and narrative, we sought to convey not just the physicality of the structures, but the emotive resonance and design ethos that define Wingårdh's visionary creations. These fleeting days of creative synergy yielded not mere photographs, but a visual narrative destined to grace the pages of the forthcoming publication, a testament to the enduring dialogue between architect and photographer.

After four books in the series Wingårdh's villas - Sand, Kristina, Hansson and Äggdal - Gert Wingårdh takes a step aside and publishes Villa på Snarøya, an independent continuation of the series. This time the focus is on an exclusive villa outside Oslo. Over 144 pages, with more than 200 photos and drawings as well as Gert's insightful texts, the story of how the house by the steep slope and the dark fjord came to be is told. - The desire to create something extremely private was driving.

" I wanted to portray their experiences from Japan and a life in the Orient, mixed with everyday life in Scandinavia. It is a house that must be experienced, perhaps preferably on site, but the book works well as a supplement to reality ", says Gert Wingårdh.

 

The architect Gert Wingårdh has worked with the "home" for six decades. From modest creations in the carefully regulated housing market of the 1970s, via the explosion of individualism at the turn of the century to the desires of the truly successful in their 10s.

 

Villa på Snarøya is the story of a house on the edge. A private world filled with oriental inspiration, European worldliness and Scandinavian common sense. A time capsule of the desire of the early 2000s. A built dream.

BANGER

wood forest

Prefabricated architectural concept by architect Emelie Holmberg. I photographed the first made situated in unspoiled woodlands on the island of Väddö, Sweden.

It grew out of a realization of changing living and working patterns partly precipitated by the pandemic. Pre-Covid, Emelie had dreamt of a more flexible lifestyle facilitated by technology, allowing her to work remotely wherever she chose, so long as she had internet access.

This partly sparked the idea for Gimme Shelter, which began life as a concept for her own self-build, low-cost home. The project comprises two structures. One measures 32 sq m and contains a living room, kitchen, and bathroom; the other occupies 10sq m and houses a bedroom.

GIMME SHELTER

Commissioned Photography for the esteemed Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh's new book. Over three immersive days in Oslo, Gert and I embarked on an enriching exchange of ideas, seeking to encapsulate the very essence of his exceptional project through the lens. Amidst the interplay of light, form, and narrative, we sought to convey not just the physicality of the structures, but the emotive resonance and design ethos that define Wingårdh's visionary creations. These fleeting days of creative synergy yielded not mere photographs, but a visual narrative destined to grace the pages of the forthcoming publication, a testament to the enduring dialogue between architect and photographer. After four books in the series Wingårdh's villas - Sand, Kristina, Hansson and Äggdal - Gert Wingårdh takes a step aside and publishes Villa på Snarøya, an independent continuation of the series. This time the focus is on an exclusive villa outside Oslo. Over 144 pages, with more than 200 photos and drawings as well as Gert's insightful texts, the story of how the house by the steep slope and the dark fjord came to be is told. - The desire to create something extremely private was driving. " I wanted to portray their experiences from Japan and a life in the Orient, mixed with everyday life in Scandinavia. It is a house that must be experienced, perhaps preferably on site, but the book works well as a supplement to reality ", says Gert Wingårdh. The architect Gert Wingårdh has worked with the "home" for six decades. From modest creations in the carefully regulated housing market of the 1970s, via the explosion of individualism at the turn of the century to the desires of the truly successful in their 10s. Villa på Snarøya is the story of a house on the edge. A private world filled with oriental inspiration, European worldliness and Scandinavian common sense. A time capsule of the desire of the early 2000s. A built dream.

BY JAMES SILVERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

VILLA PÅ SNARØYA

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