Dalsland Cabin 2.0

The Dalsland Cabin 2.0 sits on an idyllic wooded lot in Bengtsfors, Sweden. The dwelling combines modern Nordic design with Swedish history; a pairing that results in a tranquil residence with a timeless flair.

A Dalsland cabin is a traditional Swedish structure. Small and wood-framed, this simple and affordable cabin was one of the most popular styles of homes in Sweden before the industrial revolution. Pursuing both a connection with Swedish history and the desire for an affordable modern dwelling, architect Jim Brunnestom designed the Dalsland Cabin 2.0.

Clad in untreated wood, the façade of Dalsland Cabin 2.0 is a lovely site among the trees and snow of Bengtsfors. Square openings along the exterior walls hold windows and doors, all of which span from the height of the floor to the ceiling. The size of the openings gives the structure a punched-in quality from the exterior and ensures a strong relationship between the home’s interior and the surrounding landscape.

The heavy use of wood is both a nod to history and an economic choice: the dwelling is much more affordable than a similarly sized home constructed from modern materials. Wood is also timeless, just as suitable in a historic building or a contemporary structure.

The interior is refreshingly simple: the A-frame roof adorns the open-floor plan with clean lines and high ceilings. Just as on the façade, wood plays a central role inside. Light wood paneling covers the walls and ceiling, while the floors are stained in a grounding dark brown tone. On one end of the room is a fireplace—not too big or small—the perfect touch of coziness. The windows, evenly distributed on both sides of the home, wash the interior in natural light.

Simple elegance, affordability, and a classic design define Dalsland Cabin 2.0. We would expect nothing less from this generation of Nordic design.