Brick houses are a common sight in Denmark, but these architects have taken it one step further by making the bricks visible inside the home. Although the two building projects are very different, considerations about fabric and references to a certain building tradition were a common theme when we asked the architects about the extended use of bricks in houses.
Jægerhuset (The Hunting Lodge) at Henne Kirkeby Kro (inn) – by Tegnestuen Mejeriet
On the west coast of Denmark, we find the historic inn Henne Kirkeby Kro, which dates back to 1790. Tegnestuen Mejeriet, the architect studio known for its ability to renew architecture, took charge of a large-scale renovation of the inn buildings, starting in 2008. With the inn having a long history, it was important for the architect to retain the character of the buildings. As a part of the renovation an additional house, ‘Jægerhuset’, was built to accommodate even more guests at the inn.
As the architect Chris Fløe, who oversaw the project, explained: “We wanted to make it clear that the house is from our time but in the same scale as the old houses. The house has the same footprint as Staldgården – an old dune house that contains three rooms and links up to the inn.”
The use of bricks both for the exterior and the interior of the house came naturally to the architects: “We used a special Kolumba™ material sourced from Petersen Tegl – the brick is 52 cm long and gives some beautiful lines in the facade. We chose to place bricks vertically as a socket selection up to the bottom of the windows – in that way we created a reference to the original houses in the region. Bricks have been the theme for the coatings from day one, so it was natural to work with bricks for the exterior of the house – from there, it seemed natural to bring the masonry inside the house,” says Chris Fløe.
Incidentally, it’s worth noting that Henne Kirkeby Kro are famous for serving great meals and have just been awarded a second Michelin star last year and is one of only 3 two-starred restaurants in Denmark. So, now you can enjoy the great architecture at Henne Kirkeby Kro while eating at one of the best restaurants Denmark has to offer.
Villa Bayview – by E+N Arkitektur A/S
The completely new Villa Bayview is a perfect example of what we mean by the extended use of bricks in a house. Bringing the fabric into the house adds a certain style to the interior that’s often lacking in traditional homes.
As architect Kjeld G. Ghozati explained: “Bricks have a wonderful quality that is very captivating when lightened by grazing. Using bricks for both the outside and the inside of a house binds the exterior and the interior together.”
Being a brand new house offered endless possibilities when developing its architecture, but E+N Arkitektur A/S had a vision that aligned well with one of the contractors: “The contractor and the studio had a common dream of creating a villa that exudes materiality.”
Villa Bayview is already sold, so it is unfortunately not open to the public. But you can browse through the beautiful pictures taken by photographer Jacob Gong Due, to get a glimpse of the architecture.