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