This Summer Cottage Was Designed as a Solid Wooden Block

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This project is 54 m2 summer cottage designed by ARDESS Studio in Skagen, Denmark. One-story house with pitched roof and integrated storage shed.

Description by ARDESS: The summer cottage is built on the foundation of an original house. Due to conservation restrictions tied to the unique location, the summer cottage was devised to adhere to the original geometry. As such, the house was designed as a solid wooden block in the given geometry from which function and spaces have been cut out and blended into the surroundings and views.

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The careful integration into the landscape is further enhanced by the consistent choice of materials. As such, Cedar has been used for the roof and façade, giving the impression of a silver wooden block – like a straight piece of driftwood where beach meets dunes.

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The summer cottage thus gets a modern expression in which the chimney and retracted entrance spaces become signature rewarding elements and where large frameless glass panels provide an amazing link and ensure views to the nature outside.

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Despite a floor plan of just 54 m2, the house was designed to accommodate two families. With a balance between privacy and the need for maximizing the living areas, the two sleeping areas can serve as a perfect retreat with individual bathrooms and private entrances. As such, the strategy has been to design rooms and interior with multipurpose functions that can be folded in and out depending on the situation and leaving the impression of a livable Swizz Army Knife.

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Outdoor spaces have been designed as carefully positioned terraces of wood that connect indoor and outdoor. Wood retaining walls serve as soft indentations and benches in the lyme grass covered dunes. A staircase incorporated into the retaining wall leads to the adjacent beach.

Project: Summer Cottage G18
Architects: ARDESS Studio, Denmark
Materials: Facades, roof and terraces – Cedar / Windows – composite (frameless) / Floors and interior – Douglas and Kolumba brick.

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