Clean Slate Living with Johannes Norlander
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Some people go on diets; I declutter. Every New Year, I go on a mad rampage to rid my home of what I refer to as the detritus of life and fantasize about living clutter free. I typically get about two days in before back-to-work and back-to-school obligations take over, and I am thwarted from starting the New Year with a completely clean slate. This year, inspired by House Älta, designed by Swedish architect Johannes Norlander , I am determined to see it through. Photography by Rasmus Norlander via Architizer . Above: The shape of the house was determined by the topography of the site. To reduce building costs, the owners decided to build only on the flat parts of the site, minimizing foundation costs. Above: The 20-foot-high house is built on a hilly site on the main street of Älta, a small town on the outskirts of Stockholm. At its widest point, the house is 15 feet. Above: White plastered walls and a concrete floor take the finishes back to basics. Above: Maintaining a clutter-free existence requires self-discipline and an impeccable storage system. Above: A simple wood burning stove adds warmth to the otherwise austere interiors. Above: The 1,700-square-foot house has a living space and kitchen on the first floor. The second floor houses three bedrooms, a small library, and a bathroom. Above: Even the elevation is clutter free. N.B.: Do you want to live clutter free in 2013? See Johannes Norlander in Sweden for another inspirational project.