Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen

Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen
Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen - Table, Chair
Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen
Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architects: Sigurd Larsen
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

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Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen - Door, Facade, Windows, Patio
Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen

Text description provided by the architects. Sorte Hus is an innovative and affordable single-family residence in Copenhagen; it combines intelligent use of prefabricated materials to minimize costs, while utilizing a simple spatial composition to maximize room. The result, a saddle-roofed house, provides an answer to the growing demand of small family dwellings in the dense urban landscape of the Danish capital.

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Floor Plan

Transition from the public realm to the private sphere happens at the front door, located atypically in the exterior garden wall: Once entering, the first “room” encountered is in fact the garden - over 100 sq meters of enclosed, private greenery. The structure itself consists of three interlocking materials: a self-heated floor of concrete, prefabricated wooden panels and double-glazed windows; the three essential materials form the shape of an extruded, slanted-roof house, -the maximum allowed volume determined by local building regulation.

Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen - Table, Chair, Countertop
Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen

The provided 80 sq meter home is divided directly in the middle: an imaginative east-west axis parts the home between shared and private spaces, each utilizing its provided 40 sq meter footprint to its fullest extent: The south-facing living room is constructed as a wide  open space around a free-standing “island” which hides the household’s appliances, pipes and other utilities. Completed by wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, the room opens up to the vast garden, which serves as an immediate extension of the interior space. As a contrary, the North-facing living quarters are constructed as large and private alcove retreats. Lastly, the slimmer west and east-facing facades are punctured by high-positioned windows, catching the first and light of dawn and the last rays of dusk.

Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen - Windows, Door, Chair, Facade, Patio, Courtyard
Courtesy of Sigurd Larsen

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Cite: "Sorte Hus / Sigurd Larsen" 03 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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