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Cinema Style:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

WARNING: If you have not seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but plan too, please stop reading now. While I don’t give away plot points, you may deduce some of them from the comments made regarding this house.

I finally saw THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO over the weekend and, true to form, I became enamored with the Swedish Modern house in the film.

I have a fascination with glass houses, so I had to research it when I got home.

Oh, and yes, I liked the film. It was a bit dark in places, but I love a great mystery and Rooney Mara? So special. And her transformation thanks to Pat McGrath? Spot on.

The movie takes place in the dead of winter in Sweden, so some of the photos reflect that with snow on the ground.

I was able to find this rendering which shows the overall layout of the 2,500 square foot home called VILLA ÖVERBY courtesy of John Robert Nilsson Architects. Villa Överby was built atop a rocky plateau on the Varmdo Peninsula in Stockholm and offers panoramic views of the bay.

From this exterior terrace view, you can see that the furnishings in the main living area are spare to say the least, but isn’t there something refreshing about only living with what you absolutely need? I remain intrigued by the idea.


Once inside you have a better feel for the room’s layout filled with all-white furnishings and limestone floors which must be a pain to keep pristine at all times. I also wonder why film directors always seem to use glass houses when plotting sinister goings on inside a home? There must be some Freudian explanation for creepy characters who expose themselves to the world by living in glass houses.

Yet another interior angle where we spy the kitchen and dining room in relation to the living area. Sorry I couldn’t find a better image of the kitchen, but you get a good look in the movie, I promise.

This is the only image I could find of the master bedroom which features a platform bed and minimal furnishings. The interior designer added an over-sized piece of art to add interest and contrast.

And you know how I feel about stone slabs and their sharp edges in bathrooms, but I would love to replicate the creamy color and warm wood accents in my own bathroom.

I’ve always been a fan of infinity edge swimming pools, so course I love Villa Överby’s dangerously sexy cliffside pool.

And I also love this exterior entertaining area, but can you imagine sitting outside around a sunken fire pit in the dead of winter with snow on the ground? Ah, no. So, I’m thinking this social setting was created merely to show off the visual aesthetic possibilities for the seating area.

And this photo gives you a exterior view of Villa Överby’s minimalist layout from the outside looking in. This is actually a very “green” way of living, don’t you think?

And the aerial view of the Villa Överby property as it sits perched on a rocky plateau overlooking the bay on the Varmdo Peninsula which intrigued us and enhanced the creepy plot in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Photos: Courtesy of John Robert Nilsson Architects, Sweden

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One Response to “Cinema Style:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  1. 1
    Zavvi says:
    October 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Mitch:

    According to the architect’s rendering there are two additional bedrooms with baths and I did not get photos of those. Also, I’ve learned that rooms are sometimes created for a movie that don’t exist in the actual house, so that infamous basement from the movie may not exist.

    Yolanda