The architecture is as poetic as the name: Birkedal is a house like an embrace. The holiday home on the Danish island of Møn, inspired by children’s fantasy worlds, consists exclusively of circular spaces. A design element that conveys a sense of security and is consistently found both inside and out. From the individual cylindrical living modules and their furnishings to the terraces and the sandbox. Even the façade is panelled in natural thin spruce logs. Since idiosyncrasies are particularly effective in contrast, the curves are broken up by wide window reveals made of rusted Corten steel – with angular vistas in different variations and an unobstructed view of the surrounding meadows and woods. The frameless and carefully designed windows seem to draw you into another world. All the better, because in all the bedrooms the beds are positioned so that you wake up with a view of the countryside.
The entire ensemble is casually arranged on an small hill. At the same time, the natural-looking house integrates itself so much into its surroundings that it only becomes visible at second glance. The shower room, two bedrooms and the kitchen with dining area are grouped around the entrance cylinder. The latter leads into the living room, which is connected to another bedroom and a bathroom with a bathtub. The walls and floors in shades of white are structured by various materials and elements. From the mosaic floor of light-coloured beach pebbles to the grooved walls clad with rough sawn strips and the fireplace by the window seat. An extraordinary house that surprises in every “corner”. And that is good. You should definitely bring a lot of imagination with you.
You might also like to read our HomeStory about the Birkedal.
What to do
Swimming, hiking and walking on endless lonely beaches, cycling tours, golf, water sports, fishing. Excursions to: Møns Klint (white chalk cliffs like those on Rügen), Bronze Age burial mounds, medieval churches with limestone paintings, Stege, the historic island capital with its medieval townscape and thatched castle in the romantic Liselund Park, the small neighbouring island Nyord with its important bird sanctuary and idyllic car-free village. Copenhagen is an hour and a half's drive away.
Why we like this house
The ultimate Scandinavian design tradition – reinterpreted.
This house is great for
Families and holidays with friends
Jan-Henrik Jansen is a German architect, who lives in Copenhagen with his Danish partner and two children. An independent architect, he designs private residential and holiday homes in Denmark and abroad.
The house black+bright, also built by Jan-Henrik Jansen, is nearby.
|Region/Town||DK – Denmark, Moen (Møn), Råbylille Strand|
|Scenery||on a Baltic Sea island, 350 meter to the beach|
|Number of guests||up to 6 people|
|Design||Jan Henrik Jansen (architect), Kopenhagen|
|Published||Haus & Bauen Extra 2018, Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche 4/2017, Häuser 4/2017, nordic living 4/2017, bobedere.dk 4/2017, Luxury Living / Die Presse 10/2016, dezeen.com 9/2016|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Beach, Family, Garden, Hiking, Island, Sea|
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