Powerhouse Company designed a weekend house for a young family by using a five-fingered floor plan that offers a wide range of spatial possibilities. The Village House is located in northern Sjælland, Denmark and it explores the possibilities of the Summer Cabin, the traditional Danish vacation home.
The cabin was developed as a cluster of five separate wings united by a common central area. Having five different wings spreading around the site, gave a variety of views, essentially generating “an enjoyable environment all year round and at all times of day”.
The concept of the house plays around the idea of traditional family spaces and how they change overtime as kids grow older and need more independence from their parents. Therefore, Powerhouse Company developed a space planning that would meet everyone’s needs. The radiant individual spaces provide privacy when needed, while the star-shaped central space offers a communal area where the living room and kitchen are situated.
This solution faithfully reflects the rather different desires of the family members. One wanted a picturesque, cosy and archetypal summerhouse, while another wanted a spacious and contemporary feeling. Both desires are united in the design.
Powerhouse company successfully combined the classic aspects of a Danish summer house with modern ideas of space. The exterior of the house was cladded with dark wooden planks, while the interior was kept white to maximize the northern light. The angled ceilings and skylights throughout the house provide maximum amount of natural light.
The rustic but modern solution is low maintenance, which is more important for a holiday home than offering lots of space. From an architectural point of view, its close relationship to the context is especially significant in a holiday home. The house contrasts with the routine home of the clients, and provides the basis for a separate lifestyle. Isn’t that what we are looking for when we go on holiday?
Architect: Powerhouse Company
Location: Sjælland, Denmark
Partner in charge: Charles Bessard
Project leader: Lotte Adolph Bessard
Team: Charles Bessard, Lotte Adolph Bessard, Ted Schauman, Kristina Tegner, Peter Nilsson
Structural engineering: Ove Heede Consult ApS
Energy consultancy: Ellehauge & Kildemoses
*All images and information courtesy of Powerhouse Company.