The architecture of house Birkedal is as poetic as its name. Inspired by children’s fantasy worlds, the cottage on the Danish island of Møn consists exclusively of circular spaces. The arrangement of the cylinders on a mound of earth emphasizes the autonomy of the individual elements and makes the ensemble look smaller. The elevated position offers a wide view of the surrounding meadows and forests.
The facade paneled with natural thin pine logs will develop a gray patina over time and is contrasted by window reveals of rusted Corten steel. Inside, the walls and floors are kept in nuanced shades of white; different materials creating diverse textures and sensory contrasts. The white walls, clad in rough sawn strips and planks, highlight the carefully planned views from the frameless windows. The floors are formed of mosaics of bright beach pebbles, while the oiled oak furniture and fittings, and brass lamps and fixtures, bring warmth to the space.
What to do
Swimming, walking, cycling, water sports and fishing. Møn Klingt (the white chalk cliffs), natural monuments such as Bronze Agegrave mounds, medieval churches, manors, Stege (a historic townscape) and the thatched castle Lisel. The beach meadows are an important bird sanctuary. Located to the east of the island is the forest Klinteskoven with Denmark's largest variety of orchids.
Why we like this house
The best of Scandinavian design - newly interpreted.
Jan Henrik Jansen (born 1970) is a German architect who lives with his Danish partner and two young children in Copenhagen. The independent architect designs private, residential and holiday homes in Denmark and abroad.
Birkedal is the latest of Jan-Henrik Jansen’s holiday homes. Black&Bright, another house designed and built by Jansen, is just nearby.