Elding Oscarson transforms car park into art-filled family home

Elding oscarson's gallery house in stockholm
Swedish firm Elding Oscarson have just completed their latest residential offering, Gallery House. Inside, a spiral staircase links the two floors. Photography: Mikael Olsson
(Image credit: Mikael Olsson)

The perfect home can be found in unexpected places. As our cities become increasingly dense and urbanisation causes congestion and land prices to rise, creative approaches to home building are often the only way forward. Swedish architecture firm Elding Oscarson’s latest residential clients are a case in point.

Elding Oscarson transforms car park into art-filled family home

The unusual plot sits over an eight-car garage.

(Image credit: Mikael Olsson)

Their new home, just outside Stockholm, sits on a large plot atop a submerged car park – admittedy not the typical site for a warm and refined family home. Indeed, it was by coincidence that this couple of art-loving clients came across a piece of land, while looking for a larger flat. The plot sits above an eight-car garage on the island of Lidingö, a short trip from the Swedish capital's centre.

‘This was not what they were looking for, yet it felt just right’, recall the architects. ‘Soon a dream of a house with an integrated gallery started to form’. The house incorporated part of the garage space, which required little redesign to become appropriate for domestic indoor living.

New structure on top of the repurposed garage at Gallery House, by Elding Oscarson

The house includes a brand new structure on top of the repurposed garage space.

(Image credit: Mikael Olsson)

By cutting part of the roof slab, the architects connected the repurposed building with the new addition above ground; a sharp, white rectangular volume that now defines the site. Within it, a top level contains four bedrooms of various sizes and a ground floor is composed of a single, open room dotted with windows and artworks. The two levels are connected via a spiral feature staircase under a skylight.

The interior seems minimalist and stark, yet it doesn’t turn its back to its natural context and unusual setting. ‘With daylight and views from all four facades and a generous height under its tightly pitched plywood beams, this space is blending with the nature and trees surrounding it’, say the architects

Elding oscarson's gallery house completes in stockholm

Gallery House is located on Lidingö island

(Image credit: Mikael Olsson)

Elding oscarson's gallery house

The top floor consists of four bedrooms of varying sizes.

(Image credit:  Mikael Olsson)

Gallery house by elding oscarson in stockholm

The ground level is open, configured as a singe living space that also accomodates pieces from the owners' art collection.

(Image credit: Mikael Olsson)

Gallery house by elding oscarson

The clients wanted a family home that could also serve as a gallery for their art.

(Image credit: Mikael Olsson)


For more information visit the website of Elding Oscarson

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).