Located on the Swedish West coast, the Hus-1 is a brilliant creation designed by Torsten Ottesjö. Measured at 25 sqm (270 sqft) and made only from wood, the curved structure includes a kitchen, sleeping quarters, dinner table, hallway and welcoming area for invited guest.
The Hus-1 looks small but that is only because we are victims of our own veracious appetite for ample structure. In fact, this is the very concept behind the Hus-1. Possessed by a love of Nature, Ottesjö sought to create a space that was less intrusive upon our natural; a living space that thrives off environmental harmony.
“Just like the numerous forms of the branches of a tree, humans love Nature in a variety of ways. Is it possible to build a house which can be loved by so many in countless different ways? I wanted to try to build a house which was seen as beautiful in the same complex way as Nature. Angles and flat levels are at odds with the creation of Nature, but what are the alternatives? How do you build something that feels unconstructed? How can you imitate Nature in the form of a house?
By using doubled-curved surfaces and complex forms, I wanted to adapt the house to Nature’s infinite variety of form.”
– Torsten Ottesjö.
To call the Hus-1, quaint, would be appropriate but it is a lot more than that. Despite its modern accents, it is nature in the form of a home. It allows us a slight return to our essence; a revivification of our relationship with all that is natural.
Akeem is our founder. A writer, poet, curator and profuse sweater, he is responsible for the curatorial direction and overall voice of Quiet Lunch. The Bronx native has read at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, KGB Bar, Lovecraft and SHAG–with works published in Palabra Luminosas and LiVE MAG13. He has also curated solo and group exhibitions at numerous galleries in Chelsea, Harlem, Bushwick and Lower Manhattan.