Fredensborg House is located in the north of Copenhagen and is built on five small plateaus connected by stairs. Norm Architects sought inspiration in southern Europe from the labyrinthine architecture of mountain villages. They also drew inspiration from the works of the modernist Danish architect Jørn Utzon.
You will probably have seen the Danish studio Norm Architects return a few times in our blogs. Each time they manage to reflect that timeless look and feel in their realisations. They excel in minimalist elegance and simplicity. Also in this unique and stylish project, these aspects were the basis of the design. Calming colours in combination with natural materials and light are the common thread here. The line of the architectural interior was continued thanks to the wide central staircase, ceilings of different heights and immense glass facades that give you a beautiful view of the most aesthetically pleasing garden. There was play with how natural light would enter the house at different times of the day. Quickly, light was integrally incorporated as a component in the design of the architecture. This resulted in the decision to not only use ordinary sizes of windows, but also to play with different proportions to achieve certain effects as the light pours in. This gives each room a distinct character and feel.
Natural light was incorporated as an integral part of the architecture.
With the labyrinthine architecture in mind, the spacious staircase was designed as a kind of important pedestrian street in a small village that serves as a natural meeting place in this unique home. The interior typifies itself with rough grey walls, brushed natural oak floors and white ceilings. Thanks to the consistent use of the same materials throughout the house, the illusion of one large continuous space is created. The impression of transparency and fusion between interior and exterior is enhanced by the fact that the level of the terrace floor is the same as that of the interior.
The main purpose of this property is to provide an experience of peace and serenity. To achieve this, a variety of contrasting materials and colours were kept to a minimum. Furthermore, local materials were used several times to stay true to the components in the home's environment. In this way, Norm Architects makes every effort to achieve natural imperfection. Fredensborg House includes a nice selection of natural materials and authenticity you can only dream of.
Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen