Skybox House by Primus Arkitekter

Danish firm Primus Arkitekter have completed a small, oak-clad house in Zealand, Denmark.

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Double-height areas with glazed skylights, referred to by the architects as 'skyboxes', provide light and ventilation while large, sliding doors open the living areas to the garden.

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The oak cladding of the 72 square metre, two bedroom house has been treated to make it darken.

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Here's some text from the architects:

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SKYBOX HOUSE

The project is situated by the coast of the north of Zealand, Denmark.

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With 2 bedrooms it offers a total of 75 m2 of living space.

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The plot is a partitioning of a larger plot belonging to an old thatched house and is partly enclosed by trees.

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The two buildings, inhabited by two generations, share the garden, and in the layout of the site plan attention has been given to providing both separate and common spaces.

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The main focus has been to add spatiality to the relatively small program.

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The plan sets the bedrooms apart from the large living space and introduces an open hallway.

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Diagonal views stretch out through the whole building.

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In working with the section ceiling height is minimized and “sky-boxes” are added to provide space and air.

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The large glazed openings give a view to the sky as a 5th façade.

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Large sliding doors lets the in-and outside melt together.

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The balloon frame construction sits on the exposed concrete base. 30 x 30 mm oak lists wrap the building.

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The lists are treated with iron sulfate which darkens and enhances the structure of the wood . Floor boards are oak as well. Insulation is mineral wool, roof 300 mm, walls 150 mm.

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Heating is provided by a heat pump integrated in the wall, reducing heating costs and CO2 emission.

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The “sky-boxes” ventilate the space through natural chimney effect. A cast iron stove is for additional heating.

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The project is both designed and build by primus architects.

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Completed May 2009.