Christoffersen Welling Architects designed a home in the Danish countryside for a family and their pet hawks. Set in a lush, wooded landscape on the edge of a village, these blocks are arranged in a U-shape around a central courtyard onto which the main house opens with Corten planters and seating.
Designed as a simple reinterpretation of traditional Danish barns, the house consists of three individual structures clad in cedar wood – the house itself, a barn for the falcons and a building containing a workshop room. The main house sits between the open countryside and the village and is sheltered by the two barn houses. In this way it benefits both from the view of the central courtyard, which on one side catches the sun, while the other side opens onto the undulating fields and offers a panoramic view over the countryside. A concrete walkway leads into the house between the two barns, giving visitors a view of the entire landscape.
The exterior of the barns was kept sleek and minimal, with all gutters and chimneys hidden within the cedar siding. The house is energy efficient and uses an integrated geothermal system.
Inside the main house is a central living, dining and kitchen area flanked on either side by full height windows and axial corridors leading to glass doors in the gable ends of the house. This space was then booked by bedrooms and bathrooms at either end. Owners can close off these rooms from the living space by sliding them over smoked oak doors that blend into the kitchen and fireplace units.
The polished concrete floor in the interior finds its inspiration in the traditional farmhouse and creates a visual connection between inside and outside. Large sliding doors can open the two barns to the courtyard. The workshop is arranged around a large central cavity for storage and vehicles.