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Architect Erik Gunnar Asplund
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Location Djursholm, near Stockholm, Sweden
Date 1917 to 1918   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System stucco over wood frame
Climate cold temperate
Context rural
Style Mannerist, foreshadowing Post-Modern
Notes the "Villa Snellman". Simple appearance tensioned by intentional facade irregularity.





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Elevation Drawing


Elevation Drawing

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Discussion Villa in Djursholm Commentary

"The Snellman house, begun in 1917 on the outskirts of Stockholm, was one of the pioneering works of the Nordic neo-classical revival. It was also the first major work of Erik Gunnar Asplund. In the Snellman house Asplund not only reinterpreted Swedish neo-classical design traditions but also displayed a great sensitivity to the possibilities offered by the site, creating a house that is elegant, functional and full of quiet inventive wit."

— Dan Cruickshank, Ed. AJ Masters of Building, Erik Gunnar Asplund. p20.

"With the recent, post-modernist rediscovery of Swedish classicism of the 1920s, this small villa, with its sophisticated simplicity, has become a place of pilgrimage for architectural afficionados from all over the world."

— Claes Caldenby and Olof Hultin. Asplund. p54.

The Creator's Words

"The building is an attempt to accommodate a modern home in a structure one-and-a-half rooms wide. The one-room width, formerly used in the 'paired cottage', and its descendants is not really equal to modern requirements as regards ancillary spaces, heating and communication. And the two- or two-and-a-half-room width occasionally used instead has a number of drawbacks such as the lack of sunlight or an attractive view in one or other room, dark corridors on the upper floor and in every way less access to light."

"The interiors have been kept very simple. The dining room, lower hall, smoking room, staircase and gallery were distempered first and then spattered or marbled. The round upstairs hall is lined with vertical panelling, with mouldings on both walls and ceiling, stained deep greyish-brown..."

— Gunnar Asplund from Claes Caldenby and Olof Hultin. Asplund. p54.


The ground floor height is 2.6 m, the upper floor bedroom height is 2.5 m, "the gallery" height is 2.2 m and the upper hall height is 3.2 m.

Sources on Villa in Djursholm

Claes Caldenby and Olof Hultin. Asplund. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1986. ISBN 0-8478-0678-2. NA1293.A8C3513. p54. interior photo of upper hall, p58, plate 78. exterior photo from front drive, p56, plate 74.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. drawings and diagrams, p16-17. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Dan Cruickshank, ed. AJ Masters of Building, Erik Gunnar Asplund. Article by James Codrington Forsyth. Photographs by Martin Charles. London: The Architect's Journal, 1988. ISBN 1-870308-35-2. NA1293.A8A77. p20-34.

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. elevation drawings, p22.

Gustav Holmdahl, Sven Ivar Lind and Kjell …deen, Ed. Gunnar Asplund Architect 1885-1940. Stockholm: The National Association of Swedish Architects, 1981. NA 1293.A8H6. ISBN 91-85-19422-0. p39-40.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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