Mette Lange Architects recently completed a large pine-clad home that uses low-cost geothermal energy to stay warm during Denmark's harsh winters. Located on a remote and thickly forested plot of land in Slangerup, the Villa Buresø's north facade is covered with floor-to-ceiling glazing and sliding doors that frame spectacular views of the neighboring lake. The long and narrow home is made up of two parts: the main living quarters and a smaller annex.
The Villa Buresø covers an area of 2,561 square feet and is positioned on the south bank of a slope. Although the home’s north facade is largely glazed, the south facade is mostly closed save for a few glazed walls in the kitchen and living room that allow uninterrupted views through the house. The large windows also help to frame views of the surrounding trees. Skylights laid atop the roof offer views of the sky and tree canopy, while bringing in natural light.
In contrast to the building’s horizontal and flat profile, the handsomely stained Douglas pine planks that clad the facade are vertically oriented. A large wooden deck also wraps around the building and connects the 2,238-square-foot main house with the 323-square-foot annex. The house is heated with geothermal energy to minimize its energy consumption, but also comes with two wood-burning stoves.
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