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Summerhouse in Denmark / JVA

  • Architects: JVA
  • Location: Zealand, Denmark
  • Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Lars Hamran, Jens Herman Næss
  • Consultants: Ole Willerup, Rikke Øberg
  • Area: 123.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Torben Petersen

© Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen © Torben Petersen

© 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
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
© 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
© 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
© Torben Petersen
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