House creates shelter from rough landscape and challenging terrain
Østerbro, Copenhagen, a challenging location in Denmark close to the North Sea was the site in which a small family chose to settle; among the rough landscape with its flora and fauna, sea and sky, wind and weather. They found a local site in Klitmøller in a local plan area, where the requirements were to build a house with wood and to create a smooth transition between the traditional all-year housing and recreational areas.
The site was particularly interesting during construction due to the hilly terrain: the dune presented a challenging height difference of 2.5 metres. The family were keen to get close to the dunes and nature and create shelter around the house for outdoor spaces.
Due to the difference in height on the site, a building form was developed that could withstand such varied terrain with a small loft as an upper floor which serves as a home office, and a ground floor sheltered between the dunes.
The functional interior is predisposed for accessibility to the terraces from all corners of the house so there is always a possibility of shelter from the outdoor elements. The house embraces these functions with a large continuous increase on the roof elevation and well-defined cultured outside spaces to contrast with the wild landscape around it. The choice of colours harmonizes with the surrounding dunes and creates a subtle cohesion with the surroundings.
The house is a low-cost building with low use of energy. The result is a house that gives the family many exciting light and spatial experiences that house facades provide architectural expression - both inside and out.