If, like the Bjorndal family, you are fortunate enough to have access to a stunning piece of land in the woods for your holiday home, it's only fitting that you would want to capitalise upon it, in terms of making the most of what you have.
The Danish branch of Facit Homes in Copenhagen was commissioned to design and build a replacement holiday home for the family, with the aim of responding to the natural and untouched landscape that the house is situated upon. The main material used for external cladding was none other than timber because what other material finish would form such a dialogue with a woodland scenery?
Without further ado, let's take a tour of the property!
As you can see, the vertically clad timber works wonderfully in conjunction with the tall, elongated trees in the background. This is a great way to harmoniously blend an ultra modern shape into a natural and untouched setting, and goes to show that architecture and nature can indeed have a dialogue.
Of course, when trying to be as non-invasive as possible, the obvious choice for a material finish would be to reflect the surroundings. The glass, while giving the house a sense of transparency, actually helps to further blend the home into the landscape. This is due to the reflective nature of glass which, instead of hindering the landscape, projects an image of trees, grass and blue sky onto its surface.
The raised design provides the occupants additional visibility over the landscape, as well as giving the house the appearance of
floating over rather than occupying the land.
Here we can see that the interiors tell a totally different story to the outside. Light-filled and white, the green mat pays homage to the natural landscape outside. The tall, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors allow the natural light to infiltrate the space, with the white colour palette furthering the notion of spaciousness and openness inside.
Going back to basics, a small wood-burning stove heats the entirety of the home, as well as some clever tricks in window orientation for solar heat gains and adequate ventilation. The Nordic style decoration in this living room works wonderfully with the theme of the building, radiating a natural and earthy feeling.
In this image we see the bedroom and kitchen space. Again, a Scandinavian style theme has continued into these rooms, with the form, material finishes and access to natural light taking centre stage.
The Danes are renowned worldwide for producing stunning examples of furniture and industrial design so it comes as no surprise that our northern neighbours would fit this home out with sleek and contemporary fittings and fixtures.
The green kitchen cabinetry adds a pop of colour to a fairly muted space, which is perhaps a modern metaphor for the green and eco-conscious principles behind the design of this building.
The juxtaposition provided by outside and inside spaces is spectacular. The small verandas allow the occupants to relax within the envelope of the home, yet they feel as unobtrusive to nature as possible. As you can see, the rear wall almost entirely opens up to the landscape, inviting the wonderful woodland scenery—as well as the fresh, scented air—inside.
It also means that even during the most testing of seasons, the occupants can enjoy the view; from the snowcapped trees in winter to luscious greenery in the spring. The form of the building is so unique and interesting. The angles, edges and joints are all examples of fine mastery and craftsmanship but what else would you expect from a home that oozes with Danish style?
If you enjoyed touring this wooden home , you might also enjoy: The Momentous Timber Extension.