From time to time you come across summer houses so well-designed that experiencing the mere presence of the architecture makes you feel good – sometimes even great. But we’re quite sure the next two examples will leave you breathless.
GPP architects’ summer house in Trend, Denmark
Carsten Gjørtz, Partner and Architect at GPP architects on the project:
“This house is beautifully placed by the beach in Trend with a fantastic view of Limfjorden [the biggest fjord in Denmark, ed]. Comprised of two slices in the dunes – a through-going floor and a roof – each element gets refracted of a core consisting of a chimney and a small observation tower.
A summer house should be a refuge that blends perfectly with nature – physically as well as expression-wise. The Trend house lies in the dunes in such a way that the landscape is still the primary element. Materials and colours likewise have a focus so as not to overwhelm the nature and the landscape, while the façade sections give nice views and can slide open to connect the indoors and outdoors even more.
The basic idea is that the summer house must adapt to the place, nature and landscape surrounding it in a humble way, while the actual design should give the residents different opportunities of spatial interludes and views – preferably in shelter from the prevailing wind of the area.
In this way, there are opportunities for small breaks around the whole façade of the house, whether it’s to find sun, shadow, wind or shelter.
In addition to a big kitchen–dining area, the house consists of a living room, a master bedroom, two guest rooms and a guest annexe. The whole construction is permeated with exclusive materials, including Columba bricks and high quality wood, and has a high level of detailing.”
Ardess’ Summer Cottage G18 in Skagen, Denmark
Sebastian Schroers, Founding Partner and Architect at Ardess on the project:
“This modern cottage has very sharp lines, while all interior pieces have been carved in very precise dimensions. We see it as a small wooden block, where you have carved out the spaces. To underline the idea of a wooden block, the interior flooring, walls and ceiling are also made of wood, while an element of bricks constitutes the wall surrounding the bathroom. Small details, such as window sections with no frames, making the house resemble an aquarium, create a clean look.
The main idea requires an explanation of the owner’s wish regarding the house’s shapes and size. At the same time, the whole area surrounding the house is listed for preservation, which also affected the design process, because there were a lot of considerations to take into account.
The owner wanted to build a house that could house two families (two couples each with two children), giving us a tough challenge considering that the floor plan is only 54 m2. We ended up with a multi-utilisable architectural solution that I tend to call a Swiss army knife.
A great summer house is a place that translates the relationship between the outdoors and the inner spaces in a special way. In this project, we’ve especially engaged in the visual connection between the indoors and the outdoors, pulling the natural surroundings in through the windows.”