Maria & Joakim Lyth
Experiments, and the good times of everyday life, form the daily basis for Maria and Joakim Lyth, both architects, and their four children Maj, Nils, Hans, and Måns. They all live in a restored functionalist house from the 1930’s, in Bellevue, one of the wonderful neighbourhoods of Malmö. Their first meeting with the house was, however, far from love at first sight. The old house had good basic qualities such as brick walls, parquet flooring, and good solid materials, but had been rebuilt some time during the 60’s to match the aesthetics of the day, so there wasn’t much left of the old functionalist building.
But when you are an architect, such a house inspires creative thinking, and you see possibilities, rather than limitations. That’s what it was like for Maria and Joakim who both work as architects at the Wingårdhs bureau in Malmö; they immediately saw that with a bit of gentle looking after, the house could become truly extraordinary, for the basis was as it should be, and the location and the green garden couldn’t be better.
So, they produced the original house plans, and the old extension was demolished and rebuilt as a large multipurpose room facing the garden. The garage was turned into a greenhouse that, in time, will come to hold lots of green plants and other experiments, and in the garden, the son Nils keeps quails and hens, his great passion. The house is also the couple’s private base for architectural experiments with materials such as plywood, which has been integrated in the interior as well as the exterior to create a warm and rough impression that will look better and better over time.
Today, the place is an ongoing project that may never end. For that is the way it is if you are an architect driven by creative forces – and the whole point. It is the change to the better, to the new, and creating it, that gives you your kick, your drive, and renewed energy. It is a lifestyle in itself, and the house has been growing along with them. The garden is far from finished, but it doesn’t matter. That means that there is time to find what you really want, make plans, and dream on...