WEST COAST OF ZEALAND, DENMARK
Shaped around the seascape
In the coastal countryside of western Zealand, a modern beach residence combines rough landscape, naturalistic planting, and sharp architecture to great effect. Rising above a sheer cliff side, 20 meters above sea level, the pavilion-like structure overlooks Storebælt, the strait of water between the main islands of Denmark. The house is custom-made to fit its natural surroundings with the view being pivotal in all architectural decisions. The result is a 180-degree seascape entering the main living space as a key feature of the décor.
“From the windows of our old summerhouse we could see this piece of land with front row to the ocean. When it went on sale, we immediately knew that this was the location we envisioned for our city-getaway”
– says Jette Egelund, owner.
After successfully transforming their private apartment in Copenhagen, the couple embarked
on a new building adventure, this time commissioning architect Mads Lund from
Norconsult Arkitektur and landscape architect Yards to realise their summer residence.
A geometric structure softened by a green scheme harmoniously interweaves with the architecture. The sharply lined wooden exterior interacts with the organic, outdoor stone flooring where each stone is encircled by grass margins. While the climate and architecture confirm our presence in Scandinavia, the dosed beds of evergreens and careful layout of stone tiles send your thoughts towards Japanese zen gardens.
A reinterpretation of a Danish summer house
Wooden surfaces are repeated indoors. As opposed to a white painted wall, wooden panels decode the building as a summer house. A grey Vipp kitchen echoes the neutral palette of warm hues of beige, grey and white, ensuring that no piece of décor hinders the view, which is essential in the experience of the space.
“Characteristic for summer houses is the blend of the indoors and outdoors. This feeling is supported by the many glass facades and doors granting easy passage between the two spaces.”
– Mads Lund, Architect