Situated on one of Denmark’s southern islands, called Falster, the land covers 2.800 square meters. It is bounded by large agricultural fields to the west; to the east as well as to the south one can experience the ocean and the beach. The house in one plane comprises 200m ² gross and 163 m² net.
The desire to retain the old oak trees had a decisive influence on the location of the volume and its spatial cubature. With its U-form shaped building type the volume embraces – or frames the seaside as well as creates a private and intimate courtyard. Moreover, it ensures simultaneously the survival and the respect of the vegetation. The cottage is placed on a pile foundation where air and vegetation continue underneath the raised floor. The smooth topographical movement in the landscape is articulated inside the house. A couple of steps between the southern wing and the kitchen-family room and further steps in the north wing located in the transition to master bedroom reverberate accordingly the outdoor terrain condition. The house remains in one plane with an ongoing flat roof and effects different interior heights.
The accommodation can be functionally grouped into three segments. An entrance zone with a family-kitchen area, an area with bedrooms, baths and technique - and a wing with the living room prolonged in a guest/working area including bath. The family-kitchen room is extended by the two large outdoor verandas to the east and to the west which provide for a generous expansion into nature.
The building is constructed in wood with an exterior cladding of oak staves dyed in a ferrous sulfate. The large dimensioned roof top with a setting of vertical wooden staves in an irregular rhythm unites the characteristic design of the house.