This deceptively simple Danish villa has a quiet beauty that rivals its Kattegat sea views. Copenhagen-based studio ADEPT was given a rare opportunity to build Villa Platan (Villa by the Sea) very close to the edge of Kattegat sea in Aarhus, Denmark. The modern dwelling’s low profile and natural materials palette keeps the focus on the natural seascape, while the use of handmade curved bricks to create a sinuous shape gives the home an unexpected sculptural beauty.
The 180-square-meter Villa Platan comprises four rectangular units carefully placed along existing landscape contours. The architects seamlessly merge the four units with slender, curved passageways constructed from handmade bricks. Three of the units curve around an outdoor courtyard with a beach meadow garden that faces the sea. The sandy gray-colored Kolumba brick facade, oak-framed windows, landscaped roof, and layout of the low-lying volumes draw inspiration from the surroundings.
The villa is largely closed off to the street save for the prominent entrance door. Towards the sea and garden, however, the villa opens up with large floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the sea and sky. The interior features curved white walls and broad plank floors for smooth transitions between volumes. Handmade timber furniture is built into all individual rooms: a bookcase that spans the entire wall of a living room; a customized kitchen; a lamallae wall in the entrance that opens up to the basement and wardrobe; and a full cabinet wall in the master bedroom. The basement houses three guest rooms and a TV room, all of which are illuminated by natural daylight from outdoor light wells hidden beneath slatted oak benches.
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