If I close my eyes and imagine my dream retirement home, this home is pretty much what appears. I have always dreamt about owning an old country home full of history, but restored into a modern, contemporary home. And once again Norm Architects nails it with their recent work completing the interior refurbishment of a private residence north of Copenhagen, marrying country house charm and contemporary sophistication
The house is located in the idyllic landscape of Northern Zealand, Denmark. Surrounded by meadows and forests, the house sits intimately secluded in a nook of trees that open up to a park-like garden that brings light and air to the residence. The exterior of the house is a tribute to traditional Danish country houses, featuring a matte-rendered chalky taupe colored façade, paned windows, thatched roof and granite stone settings, which is exactly the old charm I want. Everything inside out is made from the finest, largely locally sourced natural materials.
Inside, the house comprises warm, balanced spaces with roughly textured surfaces, thoughtfully in-built and bespoke details. The overall mood and color scheme of the exterior is translated into the interior with a raw, tactile material palette of wood, stone, natural fiber textiles and leathers dominating the open space plan of the house, combining farmhouse appeal, exclusive refinement and elegant, sculptural features.
My favorite feature is definitely those wood paneled walls that opens up to the bathroom, featuring bespoke cabinets and basins, as well as a walk-in closet, elegantly resembling the layout of a hotel suite. The massive tiles are so impactful and just stunning.
Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Norm Architects.