Architects are known for their exacting standards – and nowhere more so than in their own homes. This Swedish villa by Henry Haubro Nielsen is a case in point.
The architect built the Nacka property, outside of Stockholm, for his family in 1968 and its midcentury design has stood the test of time. It was reportedly sold to ‘Nordic Noir’ actor Mikael Persbrandt in 2010 – the same year architect Thomas Sandell was enlisted to give it a gentle refresh in keeping with the original vision.
Unfolding over three floors, the five-bedroom midcentury property has floor-to-ceiling windows which look onto the garden, as well as exposed yellow brick work, timber slatted ceilings and black painted support beams.
Shared living spaces are on the top level of the property, which is actually set at garden level. Here, the living room features a huge 1960s brick fireplace, and the dining room opens onto a landscaped garden with a large terrace and pergola that catches the evening sun.
Bedrooms, a home studio and utilities fill the lower levels, which are connected via simple wooden staircase.
The villa is on the market via broker Maria Engstrand of Per Jansson for 16,000,000 SEK. It sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Saltsjöbaden neighbourhood of Nacka.