Adam’s house is colourful…it is also not white. I love white interiors, and Denmark is full of them, but what Adam has done with his place breaks the Danish mould. It makes use of dark tones for the walls, allowing the lighter toned furniture to stand out, and the colorful accents to ‘pop’. Adam’s house differs from typical Danish design in another major way as well….It is not minimalistic at all. In fact, it is very busy, but somehow maintains the delicate balance of feeling intentional and organized at the same time.
Adam has obviously put alot of thought and care into maintaining this space’s old design charm (thick mouldings, old hardwood flooring, restored antique light switches, etc) while infusing it with alot of colour and modern flare. Nothing feels forced, and the array of furniture design and colour schemes work together wonderfully.
Marie’s flat in Copenhagen is an eccentric, small, but very cleverly designed space. With only two rooms, the living room and kitchen, additional space was needed for some form of sleeping quarters. With a little outside of the box thinking, a rooftop atrium room was added that serves the double purpose of both a bedroom, and a skylight that directs sunlight down into the two rooms below. Accessed by a ladder, this unique bedroom has an amazing view of the sunrise and surrounding historical skyline, while being high enough to allow total privacy.
If any of the neighbours catch on to the idea, a curtain system may have to be devised, but until then, Marie has the best bedroom (and view) in the neighbourhood!
Here are some shots I completed recently for Jill Anholt. Her new sculpture is located on Mount Seymour Parkway in North Vancouver, and is hard to miss while on the way to Seymour Mountain. The fantastic contours of its shape reveal the work that went into laminating the wood used in the sculpture, and the aluminium veneer on the outer side really catches your attention . It is eye catching in both in the daytime, and during the evenings thanks to the internal lighting that runs on the inside of the contour.
Danish people are trusting…
On four separate occasions I have had a Danish home owner let me in to their home, sometimes give me their keys, then leave! I knew the Danish people were the happiest people on earth, but I would argue they are also the most trusting.
Rasmus was one of these fine folks who trusted me with their home moments after meeting me. I decided to ride my bicycle stacked with gear to his house, and got caught in a torrential downpour on my way. I showed up dripping, literally, and late…..Rasmus let me in and then had to rush off for a meeting. Having no other clothes to change into, this home became the first one I have ever photographed in only my underwear! yup,… go ahead and read that again. just me, my camera, and my skivvies.
Lucky for me, and quite amusing really, the weather cleared (like clear sunny skies) the second I arrived, so the photographs turned out great, with tons of natural light streaming in through the massive old windows. Rasmus’ created a unique loft bunk-style bedroom that makes great use of the high ceilings, and allows for an open living space beneath.
Clean, white, and very minimalistic, this space was well organized, yet still felt REAL. Some minimalist spaces feel like museum pieces, and I’m sometimes afraid to sit down in case the homeowner’s obsessive compulsiveness leads them to attack me….not the case here. This space felt very relaxing to be in, but maybe it may have something to do with being in my underwear!
This parking garage is in Orestad, a new area being developed in Copenhagen (aka: Architecture Heaven). Every new building going up in the area is an architecture gem.
I have been unable to find any info on this parkade (who made it, who built it, etc), but noticed it every time I was heading to Bjarke Ingel’s 8 house. The custom designed exterior cladding is very reminiscent of the Mountain Dwelling, which uses the same technique, however I’m quite certain it wasn’t built by BIG.
Anyhow, it’s definately one of the coolest car park’s I’ve seen. If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know.
I love Copenhagen. I am not sure if I’ve said it on here before, but it is fantastic…..everything about it. But I really love Danish penthouse conversions. These traditional old buildings have had their ceilings removed, exposing the beautiful old beams, and skylights added on allowing lots of exterior light to spill in the the whitewashed rooms.
Being as Copenhagen has a near identical climate to Vancouver (and the 6 months of rain and cloud during the winter), these skylights and white rooms help to keep things bright and cheery. I love the dark grey color palette in my home, but I must admit, it gets a little dark and dreary during the winter months.
Its a cold wet day in Vancouver, and these photographs have me missing the sunny month of October that we had.
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Here is another great Schmidt Hammer Lassen design I had the awesome pleasure of photographing while in Copenhagen, Denmark. This building is called ‘The Crystal’, which is park of Nykredit’s headquarters.
I enjoyed seeing how this building looks at different times of the day, and how contrasting this design is to the surrounding traditional Danish buildings. The underside of the building, which enables people to get from one side of the building to the other without going all the way around, reflects light and at night resembles the underside of a spaceship. The buildings unique elevator shaft is also accessible from here, which free’s up the entrance and allows people several entrance and exit points to the building.
The landscape design includes fountains that surround the building, yet still have walkways through them so as to allow foot traffic access. The water features compliment the design, making for some interesting landscaping features, and the water pools allow for great reflections of the building as well.