At This House, Climbing on the Roof is Encouraged

At This House, Climbing on the Roof is Encouraged

98cac5b8824ffa9dfec076061c9bc13f5981f2d1?w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Nancy Mitchell
Jun 29, 2015
(Image credit: Dezeen)

When I was much younger, my grandfather got out a ladder and encouraged us to climb on the roof of our house. My mother was not pleased. To my mother's credit, the roof of our humble suburban house was hardly designed for climbing. To the credit of architect Leo Qvarsebo, there's now a country home in Sweden with a roof that is.

(Image credit: Dezeen)

The architect describes the house, which he designed as a summer retreat for his family, as "a treehouse for adults." The entire design is a reminder that it's not just what you put in it — architecture itself can be fun.

(Image credit: Dezeen)

Inside the home, a single staircase ascends through five different levels of living spaces. As you go up, the spaces become smaller and more intimate, tucked inside the house's unusually pitched roof. At the very top is the master bedroom, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside.

In the front of the house, there's a deck for enjoying the outdoors, complete with swing. Popups in the home's front facade lend light and spaciousness to the rooms tucked under the slope of the roof, and a larger popup creates a connection between the kitchen and the deck. But the feature I love most is the climbing rope strung between the deck and the peak of the roof. On a clear day, you can climb to the top for both an excellent view and an excellent workout.

You can see lots more photos of this home (and floor plans!) on Dezeen.

Created with Sketch.