Town House
About a small house by Elding Oscarson in Landskrona (Sweden)
Pasajes Diseño #19, March, 2010

This house confronts us again w/ the old dilemma between past and present, yet exemplifies the stateless character of contemporary architecture.


Photo by Åke E:son Lindman.

Why can’t I decide what’s more romantic? Why sometimes do we want to save everything, put it in an urn and leave it there forever? And why others do we fall in love w/ the past, the decline of its ruins and the beauty of its decay? And then, wouldn’t it be something to forget about it all and just look ahead into the future?
This is exactly what seems that Johan Oscarson and Jonass Elding have in mind as leitmotiv for their production as architects, and especially in this small house built literally between the remains of a very old town in Sweden. They have built there 125 defiant square meters.

The most probable risk of giving the impression of a self-centered, snobbish and insolent proposal has been turned into a statement of principles beyond its architectural and spatial qualities. The project, within the context, exemplifies the big hope in the present and therefore also in the next future; and this again, is the proof that domestic projects are the most controversial in their relation with the context because in these cases there are not well-known architects defending what they think is the most convenient solution, but only clients and local governments working together towards a new future. As Gertrude Stein once said, you can be a Museum or you can be Modern, but you can’t be both.
But, what about this particular result? From the point of view of blind faith in a better future it is not that important if the building seems to come from a different continent or from a different culture, or if the language is refined enough. If we see the proposal as part of a process for a better / unexpected context, the qualities to measure will only be the atmospheric and livable ones. The rest, only at the future’s expense.