Villa Wienberg is the family home of Danish architects Mette and Martin Wienberg. For the project they worked together with Friis & Moltke Architects, a Danish architectural firm founded by Knud Friis (1926-2010) and Elmar Moltke Nielsen (1924-1997) in 1954. The combined forces developed an interesting home in wood and concrete.
The project is a renovation of a holiday home from the 1940s located in Højbjerg, a residential area in Aarhus. The house is situated on a small piece of land surrounded by tall trees and plants. Outside, it is covered in black wooden boards while the inside is dominated by white painted and wood-coloured walls. A number of large windows have been integrated to involve the outside world as much as possible and to allow more natural light to come in.
Half storeys provided a playful and functional interior.
The floors are made of polished concrete and come in different heights. This creates a playful dynamic in the house where you move from low to high and higher. The living room and study, with the exception of the floor, are entirely made of wood. As a result the rooms have a sauna-like appearance that is reinforced by the integrated sofa. Mette Wienberg describes the design choice as follows: ‘We used the wooden boards to obtain a warm, cosy feeling to the living room - a social space. They also help to form a close relationship to the garden space, in an atmosphere and material overhaul.’ The ground floor consists of a living room, a kitchen with dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study and a small courtyard garden. On the first floor there is an additional study and a huge terrace. Villa Wienberg has a unique floor plan that deviates from the classic rectangular shape. By means of half storeys, the architects were able to fill in the house playfully and functionally. The result of this Danish collaboration is as architecturally interesting as it is homely.
Images courtesy of Wienberg Architects Photographer Mikkel Mortensen