You can rent this cylindrical log cabin on Denmark’s Island of Mn

November 27, 2017 by  
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For those really looking to go off-the-beaten-path without forsaking comfort, the Birkedal home located on the Danish island of Møn is a nature-engulfed paradise. Designed by Copenhagen-based architect Jan Henrik Jansen , the rustic, but sophisticated cabin – made out of nine interconnecting cylinders – is completely clad in thin natural pine logs, creating a seamless connection with the thick forest and meadow that surround the home. Jansen says that the rounded stout design was inspired by the birch tree forests found on the island. He wanted to create a sanctuary in the meadow that would mimic small spruce stumps and blend in with the majestic trees that surround the home. The resulting 990-square-foot house and separate sauna are entirely clad with thin natural pine logs , which contrast nicely with the extra large corten steel window frames that jut out from the exterior. Related: Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins Making up the unique design is nine interconnecting cylindrical volumes that give the home its unique circular shape, inside and out. The interior walls of the home are clad rough-sawn wooden strips and planks, all painted a stark white, giving the home a very contemporary feel. However, the mosaic flooring made up of beach pebbles provides a touch of rustic, earthiness to the design. The curved shapes continue through the interior, where the living area and bedrooms were conceived as cozy cocoon-like individual spaces. Birkedal is one of three island homes designed by Jansen and can be rented through the local site, Urlaubsarchitektur . + Jan Henrik Jansen Via Dwell

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Blackened timber cottage with solar replaces a decayed brick home

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An old and decayed brick house north of Amsterdam has transformed into a modern solar-powered dwelling that stands out from its neighbors, while respecting the local vernacular. Dutch firm Chris Collaris Architects completed the renovated home, cladding the facade and asymmetric gabled roof entirely with blackened pinewood to achieve a minimalist look. Passive solar principles guided the redesign, called House MM, which features black solar panels, high-density insulation, recycled materials, double-sealed windows, and an emphasis on natural lighting. House MM offers a rather limited floor area of 60 square meters, but the redesign of the interior gives it a much more spacious feeling than its brick predecessor. Tall ceilings, white walls, and an abundance of natural light create the illusion of space. Materials salvaged from the old house punctuate the interior, like the repurposed roof tiles and timber flooring seen in the garden and the brick walls found throughout the new home. Related: Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home Despite its two-story appearance, the home includes three floors thanks to the addition of a mezzanine . “The roof lines were bound to restricted heights. By cantilevering the lower parts outside the main building volume, the upper level of the house increases,” wrote the architects. “A house with a high ceiling on every floor level and an extra attic is the result of this design feature. The extra win is a dry walk along the North facade while walking underneath the cantilevering roof part towards the entrance.” + Chris Collaris Architects Via ArchDaily Images by Tim van de Velde

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Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

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