Architects: Vision Arkitekter
Project: The Modern Transformation of a Historic Mansion
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Photography: Andreas Mikkel / Dinesen
In a scenic setting by Århus Bay but close to the centre of Århus city lies the Rokkedal family’s beautiful three- storey mansion from 1920. In 2007, the family moved in and initiated a comprehensive restoration and renovation of the building, which is classified as worthy of preservation. With respect for the original architectural expression, they have created a bright and modern home that is steeped in personality.
The family includes Mette and Niels, both self-employed, their two children, aged 11 and 13, and the family dog. For many years, the family lived in a newly constructed house in Århus city, but they fell in love with the soul and charm of this stately home and, not least, the location. The 350 m2 building was in a poor state. But the family considered that a plus. Especially Mette, who is a co-owner of the kitchen firm Køkkenstudio Horsens and makes a living decorating other people’s homes. The new family home was a perfect opportunity to start over from scratch, creating something new and trying out new ideas.
Mette’s passion for interior design is clearly evident in the home. To Mette, it is essential that the things she surrounds herself with are authentic and have a story to tell. At the same time, the rooms must be functional and match the family’s everyday needs.
It is especially when travelling around the world that the family have acquired ideas as well as artwork and one-off design objects for their home. The USA, Mallorca, Mexico and Australia are among their favourite destinations.
Mette also wanted to create a harmonious home. The floor, which is Dinesen Douglas in full lengths, ensures a coherent feel and expression throughout the house and supports its stately appearance, which includes white stucco ceilings. Underfloor heating and the old Swedish tiled stove provide a warm and cosy atmosphere. The house has been brought into the 21st century with a bright and simple interior design and a Multiform kitchen with steel appliances from Gaggenau.