Home Stories: Norm Architects' Serene Seaside Adobe
For the second Home Stories feature on the blog, what better story to have than Norm Architect’s new seaside getaway in the unspoilt region of North Zealand, on the edge of Denmark. After first seeing the pictures of it a couple of days ago, I’m now convinced that city living is no longer for me and I would be much happier taking up painting (I can’t paint), stop wearing shoes and drink cognac all day long (I also don’t like cognac) in this type of boho-scandinavian haven.
Lead by the head of architecture at Norm, Linda Korndal, the 200m2 luxury home merges with it’s quiet and modest environment in perfect harmony. Just off the coast, the house which is built in 2018, is the ideal escape from the city to take in the delicious sea aromas and the gentle breeze. It’s where zen architecture meets Danish modernism, and it’s pretty much my dream home.
Laura Bilde is the design force behind the interiors which so perfectly put together. The tones are soft and natural, and sit perfectly and unobtrusively with their surroundings - in fact you sometimes wonder where the interiors start and end it’s that attune to its location.
One of my favourite elements has to be the endless exterior staircase that subtly leads you from the wooden decking to the surrounding grassland. Inside, the focus of the living area is the floor to ceiling fireplace that is incased in a dark stone that perfectly acts as a focus to the room. A couple of black and white marble plinths are placed as coffee tables, never breaking the harmony that is created with the various uses of natural materials, which are all placed intricately around the house. The warmth from the brownish paint is complemented with colour touches from the stone, marble and brass adornments.
A few of the elements are also custom made, for example the sculptural bronze lamp in the hallway which makes this house even more unique. I particularly love the oak wood plinths which again blurs the boundaries between interior/exterior.
All images © Jonas Bjerre Poulsen, Norm Architects. All thoughts and words my own