One of the main goals for this house was to provide a feeling of serenity and calm. To achieve this goal, the use of different contrasting materials was minimised. To suit the elements of the building’s surroundings and staying true to its natural form, a lot of local materials were used. The exterior consists of yellow tiles, yellow brick and black painted wood. The interior is made up of raw grey walls, brushed natural oak floors and white ceilings. The consistent use of the same materials throughout the house is what gives this labyrinthine structure a cohesive look and feel as being one big continuous space.
It’s the choice of local materials that provides the same harmony as you find in old villages where everything is constructed from what was accessible around the village. The use of natural materials that had some imperfection gave the house an authentic aesthetic -like that of an aged and well treasured structure, which only becomes more beautiful as it decays. In that sense we were very much inspired by the Japanese’s thoughts on wabi-sabi when choosing materials. The many yellow tile roofs of the Fredensborg House rhythmically overlap each other – resonating the movements of the slopes in design. The roof’s colour palette consists of four different yellow and brownish tones in a mix, to achieve a natural imperfection. It gives a seemingly harmonious and charming miniature scene like that of a traditional Southern European mountain village, when the roofs are viewed from the highest point of the property.
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