Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA

  • 06 Apr 2014
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© Torben Petersen

Architects: JVA
Location: , Denmark
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Lars Hamran, Jens Herman Næss
Consultants: Ole Willerup, Rikke Øberg
Area: 123 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Torben Petersen

© Torben Petersen

From the architect. The site is located in a beautiful, windy summerhouse village on the northern tip of Sjælland, Denmark. It is a summerhouse for a family of five, and a dog. The project is an assembly of five small buildings gathered around a wind shielded courtyard like a miniature village. the layout is well known in this area, often used for organising traditional farm buildings. There is a kitchen building, parents building, children’s building, guest building and utility building.

Floor Plan

The concept serves different purposes beside the issue of a wind shielded courtyard:

There are no indoor transportations areas, this makes for an active outdoor living and reduces the built area. A certain distance between different functions and users is allowed for by the detachment. The small buildings also define outer wind shielded bays disposed for sheltering and gardening, all accessible from the inner courtyard.

© Torben Petersen

The ridge and cornice of the houses are on the same height, while the width and length vary. This gives the roofs different angles, making a playful composition in relation to the surrounding summer houses.

© Torben Petersen

The inner courtyard is covered with a darker stone on the floor to store heat from the day throughout the evening. Roofs and walls are covered with corrugated sheets of sea water aluminium, and the gable walls are clad with Siberian Larch.

© Torben Petersen
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  • Moja

    JVA, you never disappoint. This is probably my favourite of you work, but can you guys get a better camera please?

  • Ralph Kent

    Clear and strong concept, the agglomeration of tent-like buildings. Just looking at the images makes me nostalgic for summer camping trips! Great work.