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.