Vacation Like an Architect
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Architects are famously particular when it comes to their surroundings, holiday houses included (I should know; my father is one). To the rescue; an architecture-oriented vacation house website; read on for details. A couple of years ago, German architect Jan Hamer realized there was an opportunity for discerning holiday makers like himself. “If someone already lives in a beautiful environment in their everyday life, there is no reason why they should spend the best weeks of their year in a tin can." His solution? A website offering holiday homes with appealing architecture and interiors. Among the offerings: Black and Bright house on the Danish Island of Mon, located on the southern coast, designed and built by Copenhagen-based architect Jan Henrik Jansen. Jansen spent three years building the house (mostly by himself), camping out on the site in the summer and bundled in a shed in the winter months. The result is a modern houseboat-like structure that capitalizes on the view toward the coast with plenty of access to the outdoors. To see more of the offerings, go to Urlaubs Architektur . Photography by Andrea Gatzke. Above: Siberian larch is used on the exterior siding and reclaimed wood is used for the flooring. Tree trunks columns provide a rustic note. Above: The open living and kitchen area includes a custom kitchen; the counter is designed to conceal the sink and stove from the rest of the room. A pair of Tolomeo lamps are affixed to either end of the counter for lighting. Above: The covered breezeway and deck serve to keep the house cool in summer and preserve heat in winter. A wooden bench is built into the wall. Above: A wood-burning stove provides heat. Above: Bunk accommodation off the living room with recessed lighting for each bed. Above: The master bedroom in the upstairs attic room. Above: Cross breezes keep the house cool in the summer. Above: Oversized glass panels, typically used for shop windows, provide expansive views. Above: The house is situated in a verdant meadow, with windows offering views of the countryside.