Architectural lines harmonised with the landscape

Troldtekt, Sølvsten Odder
Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect MAA

This new, modern single-family home is a far cry from the family’s former house in the country, but equally harmonised with the landscape, featuring large rooms and characterised, not least, by a lovely atmosphere inside the house. A fantastic architect-designed property, where considerable attention has been paid to the overall look as well as the detailing.

Highly positioned in the town of Odder 20 km to the south of Aarhus, the family home commands fabulous views across the town and the surrounding countryside with impressive beech trees to the rear of the garden. There are fine views of the garden and the landscape from all the rooms, creating a wonderful sense of calm in this large property.

The family contacted the architect Kaare Sølvsten, a partner at the firm of architects Seier + Sølvsten a/s, who has long-standing experience at designing homes and interiors, and who is familiar with the area south of Denmark’s second-largest city. There were some functional requirements for the home which have naturally been incorporated into the finished building, but Kaare Sølvsten has focused, in particular, on the use of natural daylight and on ensuring contact with the landscape through an open-plan design and the careful positioning of the windows.

Wood, bricks and Troldtekt

Uninterrupted floor and ceiling areas connect the vertical elements in the living rooms which are either white surfaces or dark brick walls featuring built-in wood-burning stoves. The wood floors and bricks contrast beautifully with the walls and the white Troldtekt ceiling panels with built-in spots. Troldtekt was chosen for its ability to dampen high-frequency sounds and create comfortable acoustics which can otherwise be a challenge in large rooms with large window sections. Kaare Sølvsten recommended the material, also on account of its textural finish, and because it can be used outdoors, such as here on the patio overhang.

The kitchen with its dining area is situated closest to the main entrance, and leads into the dining room with its north and south-facing windows and then into the sitting room which opens up into the garden. A striking detail are the two wood-burning stoves in the dining room and sitting room which further enhance the inviting feel of the property.