Powerhouse Company 's Village House is a beautiful summer home that radiates out from a central living area to form private spaces that face a forest in northern Sjælland, Denmark. The home's star-shaped layout reinterprets the traditional Danish summer house to encourage families to stay together, even after the kids have grown up.
The traditional Danish summer house is based on the concept of common spaces, which becomes problematic once children grow up. The Powerhouse Company redefines that idea by creating an array of common, semi-private and completely private spaces that cater to everyone’s needs. The house is actually a cluster of five separate houses united by a central area that contains a living room, kitchen and dining room. The more secluded pocket areas allow each member of the family to spend time alone.
Another aspect that liberates the space and opens it up to the gorgeous surrounding landscape is the introduction of roof windows. The interior acts as a contrast to the black exterior. A large window above the living room brings sunlight into the dining area, while smaller roof windows animates the space and allows for a dynamic interplay of light, walls and the landscape.