EXTENSION AND RENOVATION OF SINGLE FAMLY HOUSE
SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE
Rungsted house is a 2nd level extension project of a typical one floor, single family, brick house from the 1960’es. The family of five wanted to have a unique and spacious house, with a lot of natural light. They also required a luxurious parent section with a walk-in closet and an open-plan bathroom, additional three spacious bedrooms, storage, and a garage.
Natural light infiltrates all rooms of the house through various window openings and through a continuous skylight along the ridges of the roof. Here, the light creates a space of wellbeing, and an interplay between light and shadow decorates the walls and the slanted ceiling. The ambient light in the room changes during the day, from the early morning sunrise until the evening sundown.
The house has a L-shaped plan with all bedrooms and other functions placed in two levels on both sides of the layout, and the existing kitchen and dining area extended to be a double-height space. The new open-plan living area becomes the connection point for all rooms and outdoor areas. This arrangement minimised the need of an additional steel construction, and respectively, a high building cost.
The existing house is also energy optimized by insulating it from the outside. The outer walls and roof are covered with gray tiles, and the gable walls are cladded with wood lamella. The use of natural materials, both inside the house and on the façade, provide a good indoor environment. Wild, overgrown, local field flowers are planted in the garden. This benefits the biodiversity, and it reduces the time and money spent on manicuring the garden. It is a place where insects thrive, and kids can explore nature.
The double-height space of the kitchen and dining area is delineated by a large widow opening with sliding doors, facing the garden, and blurring the transition between inside and outside.A series of folded roof structures create an iconic composition and integrate the three volumes into one coherent architectural language. The observer is let on a journey, exploring, and discovering new corners and spaces.