CEBRA forms a Danish seaside villa as an angular living sculpture with a wavy roof
the architecture studio CEBRA has created a seaside residence in Denmark wrapped in facades of angular cutout and surmounted by a wavy roof. the structure is formed to meet the specific conditions of the site, offering a breathtaking view of the bay of aarhus while protecting itself from the elements. The villa’s distinctive exterior makes it appear as a living sculpture that takes on a different shape depending on your perspective.
all images are courtesy of mikkel frost
the design purpose of CEBRA Architects is to use this location and seaside life with the expansive horizon as an ever-changing backdrop. the interior is divided into two overall functional sections, each occupying a level of the two-story residence. the lower level contains ancillary functions such as storage, technical and service rooms, as well as the main entrance and garage. on entering the villa, a circular opening to the garage frames the views of the client’s car collection. from this base, a staircase leads to the main living spaces and directly to the heart of the residence; a large elevated space that connects to protected outdoor areas facing north and south. this central space contains the kitchen-dining room and the living room, which are flanked by two private enclosed wings oriented respectively towards the access road to the west and the neighboring villa to the east.
the layout of the top floor plan is a response to the typical dilemma that accompanies seaside plots – balancing the desire for openness to maximize views with the desired level of privacy. each of the two side wings forms a closed unit, protecting both the private areas inside and the central space in between. the west unit is set up as a guest or children’s wing with a bedroom and en-suite bathroom, while the east wing contains the master bedroom, walk-in closet and bathroom with direct access to the bedroom. outside.
the roof serves as the most distinctive and defining element of the villa’s space. it almost glides over the central living space while tightly wrapping the sides to anchor the villa to the ground. it not only covers interior areas, but juts out north and south to create sheltering eaves. eaves reduce thermal stress on the glass facades of the central space and create generous covered outdoor spaces protected from the elements. to create a variable spatial experience and to subdivide the large living space into zones of different ceiling heights, the roof undulates along contrapuntal lines. the curving plans and the resulting rigorous arches create a sculptural and vivid signature for the villa, continually altering the appearance of the building as you move around it.
the interior and exterior of the residence are characterized by two palettes of contrasting materials, respectively defining the exterior and interior. on the outside, the wing facades consist of a unique color mix of classic Danish kolumba bricks. with reference to the beach, the sand remaining from the manufacturing process was kept on the bricks, giving the facades a tactile surface quality. the brick facades form a sturdy, weather-resistant shell around the clear and transparent heart of the residence as a modern interpretation of one of Denmark’s oldest and most widely used building materials. the shape of the villa is unique and expressive but built with traditional and natural materials. contrasting with the dark red-brown colors of the exterior, the interior finishes create a bright and welcoming atmosphere with warm wood details, most notably on the underside of the corrugated roof. all floors, both inside and out, are covered with norwegian slate which creates consistency in the different spaces and harmonizes with the interior and exterior color palettes.
Last name: strandvillaen
designate: CEBRA architecture
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | design boom