09 May, 2012
Passing the Remote
Creativity sometimes needs not just freedom of mind, but of space. A remote place to let imagination run as wild as the nature around it, and as free of obligations and musts as the wild sea that beats nearby shores.
This place is Furillen, a studio built by Mikael Blomqvist to provide a cultural sanctuary next door to a nature reserve. As it's first spotted in the rugged, lowlying woods, the rusted steel-covered cube created by Andreas Forsberg, AQ Arkitekter, simultaneously blends in and provides a break among the pines. The 500sq m structure houses work spaces, bedrooms, library, sauna and a kitchen that would provide a dream station for a company creative break, with the bleak limestone landscape serving as a foil.
The façade opens and closes with a hydraulic panel, and within sliding doors and moveable backdrops changes the layout of the studio to fit guests' purposes. With the much-talked about hotel Fabriken Furillen within walking distance, and summer party town of Visby an hours drive away, this is a spot that stimulates all senses and satisfies most needs.
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