Together, these five connected structures form a unique and charming retreat set in Denmark, an hour drive away from Copenhagen. The remote site surrounded by wilderness was naturally perfect for this project. The five cabins have the forest behind them and the sea at the front. The trees form a clearing big enough for the extended cabin to fit in, framing it on three sides.
In total, the five adjacent structures put together 160 square meters of space. There are 3 living rooms with kitchens, 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. They have different lengths and they all share a long and narrow floor plan with access to a wooden terrace. This terrace is what separates the cabin from the wilderness that surrounds it.
The project was completed by studio Lendager Group in 2018 and is special for several reasons. The design and overall structure are of course peculiar and interesting but so is the selection of materials used throughout. These five connected cabins were built using upcycled materials which largely include bricks from local demolition sites and fire-treated wood from a local floor manufacturer. They also used wooden beams from a children’s hospital in Copenhagen and used the leftovers to make floor panels.
The upcycled wooden boards were treated using a 700 year old Japanese preservation technique which gave them a unique burned look and also made them more resistant to mold and fungus. You can see these materials being used both on the inside and the outside of the cabins. The glass facades expose them to the uninterrupted views and make the indoor-outdoor transition seem natural.