Ralph Erskine 1914-2006 (1941-1942) Lådan (the box) a small house roughly 20 m2 (215 ft2) of space divided into two rooms, built in Hanveden, Huddinge.
Ralph Erskines first home for him & his family of then four: Ralph, Ruth (née Francis) 1914-1988 with children Jane 1942- & Karin 1945-.
Compact living with parents bed hoistable and up at the celing at day time. Emphasis on flexibility A fold-down table could be deployed to create a little office. In the middle stood a wood stove, the source of heat and the center of family life. The north side was given extra insulation by stacked firewood. The garden facing south with potager, dovecote, beehives was in detail planned by Erskine. Times were hard, even if life in the neutral Sweden was more comfortable.
The family lived until 1946 in the original Lådan with no toilet, electricity, or running water. After 1946 they used it as a summer house for some time and it became in poor condition and was later demolished.
In honor of Ralph Erskine’s seventy-fifth birthday and with his
participation a replica of Lådan (1989) was built at Lovön, Ekerö, but whitout the original garden.
At Drottningholmsmalmen, Lovön, Ralph Erskine created 1962–1963 Villa Erskine, the architect's home and studio and garden, now for the family of six.