371,5 m2 single-family residence in Risskov, Denmark L-shaped house featuring four split-levels and integrated garage.
Main Concept The house is defined by a sharp and simple geometry with an angle that flanks the two sides of the corner site and offers shielding from the front drive. Here, signature windows both aid the flow of natural lighting and form another sharp angle that cuts into the facade and roof. Placing the windows up high helps frame the view, bringing in the horizon and offering calm, natural skylight into the rooms from the north and the east without sacrificing privacy.
Creating a contrast to the exterior angle, the house opens onto the garden to the south and west, with large covered glass panels and level free transitions constantly connecting inside and outside. The changes in levels help to differentiate the individual rooms and add a sense of dynamic spaciousness to the strict geometry and composition of materials.
Concrete walls that were cast in-situ provide a physical link through the house as they extend from the driveway and slope to the living room and kitchen, thus becoming key elements behind the encircling white facade. The concrete walls’ carefully designed field pattern created by formwork and taper holes plays a large role in the house identity and decoration. The interior consists of custom made joinery made out of wood and linoleum, including bathroom furniture, doors, tables, cabinets and kitchen. Outdoor spaces have been designed to bridge indoors and out in the living areas, and the garden trees have been carefully positioned to balance views with privacy.
Materials Facades – white plaster and in-situ concrete / Windows – aluminum / Floors and interior – concrete, Douglas and linoleum
Summer Cottage G18
54 m2 summer cottage in Skagen, Denmark One-story house with pitched roof and integrated storage shed.
Main Concept The summer cottage is built on the foundation of an original house. Due to conservation restrictions tied to the unique location, the summer cottage was devised to adhere to the original geometry.
As such, the house was designed as a solid wooden block in the given geometry from which function and spaces have been cut out and blended into the surroundings and views.
The careful integration into the landscape is further enhanced by the consistent choice of materials. As such, Cedar has been used for the roof and façade, giving the impression of a silver wooden block – like a straight piece of driftwood where beach meets dunes. The summer cottage thus gets a modern expression in which the chimney and retracted entrance spaces become signature rewarding elements and where large frameless glass panels provide an amazing link and ensure views to the nature outside.
Despite a floor plan of just 54 m2, the house was designed to accommodate two families. With a balance between privacy and the need for maximizing the living areas, the two sleeping areas can serve as a perfect retreat with individual bathrooms and private entrances. As such, the strategy has been to design rooms and interior with multipurpose functions that can be folded in and out depending on the situation and leaving the impression of a livable Swizz Army Knife.
Outdoor spaces have been designed as carefully positioned terraces of wood that connect indoor and outdoor. Wood retaining walls serve as soft indentations and benches in the lyme grass covered dunes. A staircase incorporated into the retaining wall leads to the adjacent beach.
The project received the Skagen City Foundation´s Award in 2015
Materials Facades, roof and terraces – Cedar / Windows – composite (frameless) / Floors and interior – Douglas and Kolumba brick.
SUMMER RESIDENCE S1
314 m2 summer residence in Skærring, Denmark L-shaped house featuring three split-levels and cantilevering terrace.
The house is defined by a sharp and simple geometry whose L-shape allows the building to have two main directions; towards the sea and towards the sun. Furthermore the L-shaped geometry is used to create natural windbreak zones around the house. The master bedroom, kitchen and living room area that are all lifted from the ground have views orientated towards the sea, while the entrance area on ground floor unfolds around a private sheltered courtyard and a pool area that are orientated to the south for maximum sun gain. A series of smaller bedrooms are placed behind the entrance hallway towards the north.
The house is situated as close to the beach as allowed by building regulations. There is a clear differentiation between nature and man-made space, thus creating tension between the two. Stone tiles and concrete walls define the outline of the outdoor spaces and create a clear contrast from built area to nature, allowing the local flora to get all the way up to the house. Despite the contrast between nature and built form, a consistent choice of materials is used to enhance a careful integration into the landscape, e.g. light colored concrete that resembles the sand and cedar wood is used for the façade, giving the impression of a silver wooden block that color and material wise blends in with nature.
Materials Facades – Cedar wood and in-situ concrete / Windows – aluminum and composite / Floors and interior – Oak, concrete, and natural stone
349 m2 single-family residence in Hasseris, Denmark Square-shaped house featuring three split-levels and integrated garage.
Main Concept The house is defined by a sharp and simple geometry with an emphasis on two significant openings that cuts into the shape on two opposite corners. In-situ cast concrete walls form a base that accentuates the corner openings and draw a line of difference between openness towards the garden side, with magnificent views to the surrounding fields and forest, and a more closed facade towards the street. On the street side the in-situ concrete walls creates a private, yet welcoming atmosphere around an open courtyard with mirror pond and a tree , where the walls on the side towards the garden creates an intimate and sheltered open courtyard space on the large terrace.
The line drawn by the in-situ cast concrete walls furthermore orchestras the interior organization in a way that allows privacy for the well-lit bedrooms and maximum openness for the living room and orangery; these spaces opens fully up towards the garden and views, and the large window openings aid to bridge inside and outside areas.
Materials Facades – white plaster and in-situ concrete / Windows –aluminum / Floors and interior – concrete and oak
299 m2 single-family residence in Silkeborg, Denmark House featuring two levels of which the parterre level with integrated garage is built in the sloping site.
The house is defined by its south facing and significantly sloping site; carefully placed in-situ cast concrete walls cuts into the site and forms the base for a cantilevering wooden shape. This wooden shape folds around the inner spaces on the upper floor, and allows inside and outside space to blend. The shape of the wooden structure is made to facilitate several functions from its geometry, such as parking, shading, sheltering as well as creating different spaces around the house.
From the living spaces on the upper floors there are magnificent views towards the Forrests around Silkeborg and the Lakelands.
Materials Facades – Thermowood and in-situ concrete / Windows – aluminum and composite / Floors and interior – Oak and concrete.
1100 m2 residential and office, Aarhus, Denmark Infill featuring a ground floor with offices and 4 levels of apartments with big top roof terrace.
The infill cityblock is defined by a sharp in-situ cast concrete geometry with the balconies as repetitive alterations scattered over the façade; the concrete balconies are protruding from the main geometry, and the glass doors towards the balcony are pushed back to create a larger balcony – both things in order to create differences in light and shadow, thus a more playful façade. Furthermore the façade expression is deliberately brought into a scale that resembles the traditional brick cityblocks in the area, by using in-situ cast concrete formed by carefully placed horizontal wooden framework. A subtle differentiation in materials and colors are used to break the pattern down into smaller pieces as the traditional cityblocks has done historically with ornament.
The ground floor holds an office space and offers maximum exposure towards the streets, where the apartments has more privacy despite the large windows that ensures daylight to enter deep into the interior spaces. On the upper floor a large roof garden with a terrace is placed that supports the tenants possibilities to come outside as well as stimulates the local microclimate, flora and fauna.
263 m2 single-family residence in Solbjerg, Denmark House featuring two levels with integrated garage.
The s-shaped house is defined by its south facing and sloping parallelogram shaped site; carefully placed brick volumes gently sits on the sloping site, offering different views and spatial experiences through and around the house, e.g. an intimate and lush courtyard environment, a private afternoon/evening terrace and a south faced sun/viewing terrace, all of which are deliberately placed to let inside and outside spaces blend.
The roofline is kept the same on the entire house which allows for different floor to ceiling heights, and creates a generous spatial feeling in the kitchen and living room area. A distinctive brick soldier course, used as a high footing, visually marks the interior levels and underlines the natural slope of the site.
Materials Facades – Brick and Thermowood / Windows – oak / Floors and interior – Oak, limestone and concrete.
350m2 single-family residence in Risskov, Denmark Beachfront house featuring two levels and a garage with integrated outdoor wellness area.
The house is defined by its south facing white cantilevered terrace which is angled in regards to the main volume of the house but parallel to the front of the site and Beach. This white shape folds around the inner spaces on the upper floor, and allows the inside and outside space to blend. The terrace also folds down in a stair to connect the Living area to the garden and Beach.
The base of the house is conducted in Kolumba brick with big window openings from floor to ceiling to create a open feel of a parterre level.
From the living spaces on the upper floors there are magnificent views towards Downtown Aarhus and of cause the beautiful Beach of Risskov.
Materials Facades – White plaster and Kolumba brick / Windows – aluminum / Floors and interior – Oak and natural Stone.
ALPINE VILLA CH1
355 m2 villa in Switzerland House featuring tree levels with integrated garage.
The in-situ cast concrete villa consist of two classic pitch roof building volumes, one flipped upside down, and carefully placed in to the mountain side, following and underlining the natural terrain.
By shifting the two volumes apart a great panorama terrace is created, closely connected to the living space. The flipped and shifted volumes also create a gesture of a covered main entrance to the residence. Along with the large panoramic windows, oak shutters are placed, which allows you to completely close off the house, when not in use.
Materials Facades – In-situ concrete and oak / Windows and shutters – oak / Floors and interior – Oak and concrete.
464 m2 residential, Aarhus, Denmark Infill with 6 apartments and a big roof terrace.
The infill cityblock consists of two brick volumes in tree and four levels. The four-level volume is raised one floor higher than the other, to create a covered entrance from the street, and a big common roof terrace. In addition to the common terrace, each apartment has a private balcony. The glass doors towards the balcony are pushed back to create a larger balcony as well as differences in light and shadow across the façade. The façade expression is a modern interpretation of the existing townhouses in the street, with subtle details in the brickwork.
Materials Facades – Brick, oak and black steel/ Windows – aluminum and oak / Floors and interior – Oak and ceramic tile.
370 m2 single-family residence in Risskov, Denmark Beachfront villa featuring two levels with garage integrated in the parterre level.
The house is defined by a square white box that opens towards the sea and sits gently on an in-situ cast concrete plinth which holds the parterre level. The white square host an L-shaped ground floor plan that wraps around an inner courtyard which offers an outdoor windbreak area. The distribution of space is done in relation to the path of the sun and in order to ensure views to the sea. From the inner courtyard, which is placed in the North West corner of the house to maximize evening sun and offer shelter from the wind, a view to the sea is ensured through a very transparent living room.
Starting from the entrance, a clear axis of in-situ cast concrete elements cuts through the house and offers an interplay of material tactility as you move through the house, leading to the South faced living spaces and sea-faced terrace that offers magnificent views towards downtown Aarhus and the beautiful beach of Risskov.
Materials Facades – White plaster, oak and in-situ concrete/ Windows – aluminum / Floors and interior – Oak and in-situ cast concrete.
268 m2 single-family residence in Risskov, Denmark Split level villa located in old and mundane neighborhood.
The house is defined by its sharp geometry covered in blackened steel, with carefully placed openings. The facade orchestration makes the (relatively) small house appear grand towards the street, and lets the house blend into the old and mundane neighborhood's big patrician villas in black and white.
An in-situ cast concrete garage that protrudes the building line towards the street leads to an opening in the blackened steel facade and offers a covered oak clad entrance.
The plan layout evolves around an in-situ cast concrete hearth and orientates the living rooms towards the South and West and places bedrooms to the North and East. The living room offers great openness towards the lush garden surrounded by old trees and connects directly to a covered South West oriented terrace.
Materials Facades – Blackened steel, oak and in-situ concrete/ Windows – aluminum / Floors and interior – Oak and in-situ cast concrete.
SUMMER COTTAGE H5
62 m2 summer cottage on Læsø, Denmark.
One-story house with pitched roof in combination with a wellness cove and terraces facing southwest.
The project has a delicate beachfront location within a restricted area and is overlooking the marina of Læsø.
DINESEN FRAMED by Vahle shown in our proposal VILLA US1, located in the Pallisades - Washington