For those really looking to go off-the-beaten-path without forsaking comfort, the Birkedal home located on the Danish island of Møn is a nature-engulfed paradise. Designed by Copenhagen-based architect Jan Henrik Jansen, the rustic, but sophisticated cabin – made out of nine interconnecting cylinders – is completely clad in thin natural pine logs, creating a seamless connection with the thick forest and meadow that surround the home.
Jansen says that the rounded stout design was inspired by the birch tree forests found on the island. He wanted to create a sanctuary in the meadow that would mimic small spruce stumps and blend in with the majestic trees that surround the home. The resulting 990-square-foot house and separate sauna are entirely clad with thin natural pine logs, which contrast nicely with the extra large corten steel window frames that jut out from the exterior.
Making up the unique design is nine interconnecting cylindrical volumes that give the home its unique circular shape, inside and out. The interior walls of the home are clad rough-sawn wooden strips and planks, all painted a stark white, giving the home a very contemporary feel. However, the mosaic flooring made up of beach pebbles provides a touch of rustic, earthiness to the design. The curved shapes continue through the interior, where the living area and bedrooms were conceived as cozy cocoon-like individual spaces.
Birkedal is one of three island homes designed by Jansen and can be rented through the local site, Urlaubsarchitektur.