Location: Skanderborg Kommune, Denmark
Architect: C.F.Moller Architects
Design date: 2009
Completion date: 2012
Built area: 620m2
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Landscape: C.F. Møller Architects
Engineer: Viggo Madsen
Construction : Brdr. Thybo A/S
Photographer: Jorgen True
Awards: Skanderborg Municipality Architecture Award 2013
Villa G lays in a protected area, surrounded by fields and woods, just a few hundred meters from the river Gudenåen, on the site of a former four-winged smallholding. The new building is an interpretation of exactly such a classic farmhouse layout: The basic forms are the same, but as a modern twist, the wings containing the residence, a commercial part, and a garage are slightly offset with respect to each other, and the outlines of the building volumes are precise and prismatic.
The aim has been to make the new buildings fit naturally into the sensitive, protected green environment. The villa is built of textured bricks in muted earthy colors and black slate roofs, a material that is repeated in the courtyard and terrace paving, and the idea was to let the wild continue right up to the foot of the buildings, so that for example the landscaped orchard can be perceived as an integrated part of the surrounding landscape.
The interior of the villa is characterized by its tall and free-flowing spaces, skylights and large window openings that let generous amounts of daylight in, and frame the many beautiful views over the natural grounds as a form of real-life landscape paintings. The villa is a low-energy house relying on ground-heat.
Sculptural elements such as free-standing room divider between the living room and kitchen/dining area allow views across the entire expanse of the building, and into the countryside beyond. The commercial part of the property also contains a modern, bright and Scandinavian interpretation of a classic hunting lounge, with a raw brick fireplace as the centerpiece of the tall space.