A Modern Farm House
The fields surround Elsebeth and Jens’ farm in the north of Jylland in Denmark. Large windows on the facades of the house open up to the nature. Here, the farmer Jens senses what the weather is like. – The most important thing for us is that we can look at the nature around us and over the fields. My work is to cultivate the land, so it is crucial for me that I can follow the weather conditions from morning to night. That’s how I plan what to do on the farm every day. At the same time, it is important for us that we can sense the seasons and get a glance of the game running across the fields. The farm is his childhood home, although it was a completely different house he grew up in. The original house on the farm was a 19th-century building, but it was in such a condition that it was decided to build a completely new house. So, Jens and Elsebeth contacted architect Lars Bo Poulsen and asked him to design a new and modern home on the farm.
– When Lars Bo came up with the first sketches, I thought okay, that’s not exactly what I had in mind, but I was willing to get used to the modern lines and expressions of the house, Jens explains, while Elsebeth was excited from the first moment. Architect Lars Bo Poulsen’s idea was that the house should relate to both Jens’s history of the place and Elsebeth’s wish for a more modern look. The architects responsibility was to reconcile their expectations, explains Lars Bo Poulsen. The solution became a completely detached house that relates to the courtyard and retains the impression coming to a farm.
The house is set on a plateau with a terrace all around, and has a simple architecture almost archetypal in its expression. – We have worked with the most basic house form, the classic gable with facade lines and a roof. When it comes to the materials, in return, we have spent a lot of energy on the brick and varied the color of the grout so that there is dynamism when looking at the facade, explains the architect.
The ceiling is reminiscents of classic Danish farmhouses, while the large glass openings are the opposite. Instead, they bring nature and landscape into the house. – I really like the craftsmanship of the beautiful windows in mahogany, and the brick made of Danish clay soil. The same goes for the kitchen, where we have chosen a quality kitchen in robust materials from Multiform with thick oak counter tops, says Jens. – It was important that the kitchen became more than just a kitchen and function as a part of the house. The open kitchen solution has a high ceiling and it is open further into the house. That’s why we chose a Multiform kitchen, which works like a piece of furniture with the rest of the interior, she explains. Up on the wall above the kitchen is a window, which sends the light, the sky and the seasons down to the large dining table, always reminding them on how important the seasons and weather are in their way of living.
Photo: Andreas Mikkel Hansen. Text: Christina B. Kjeldsen, edited and translated from Danish by Kristine S. Smeby. This article is published in Nytt Rom issue 72.