Stavsnäs, Sweden (2023)



For several decades, summer houses in Sweden have served as retreats for summer holidays, providing a break from urban life and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Originally, these structures were often very simple wooden cabins lacking amenities such as running water and sewers. However, over time, many have been renovated and transformed into comfortable suburban homes, with some even becoming year-round residences. Today, they may evoke an image of the “authentic Sweden,” offering a chance to spend time in a secluded location.

However, access to summer houses is not for everyone, particularly for Swedes with migrant backgrounds. In June 2024, DAAR will embark on a two-year experiment with forms of commoning at a summer house located in Stavsnäs, just one hour from Stockholm.