Norm Architects are all about tapping into the unspoilt nature of the world around us, while providing comfortable shelter from it. Previously, on the snow-capped hills of the Norwegian hinterland, we found an idillic spot to hibernate from the winter chills — and the epitome of the Danish concept of ‘hygge’. With an unparalleled ability to instil this feeling of contentment in their work, Norm Architects have injected a warm atmosphere into a home of an entirely new terrain, overlooking the ocean of North Zealand. Hiding in this secluded corner of Denmark, the Seaside Abode exudes the beachside barefoot luxury we’re all searching for a slice of.
The Northern part of the Danish island of Zealand, just an hour from Copenhagen, is a popular holiday location of seaside towns, fishing villages and historic castles. Here on a sequestered site, Norm Architects completed an interior renovation of an existing coastal cottage, calling for slow days spent by the sea — whatever the season.
Norm Architects set out to blur the lines between inside and outside by prioritising natural elements for the interior. First on the list was the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows facing out to spectacular view and drenching the home in natural light. The firm sought to portray “the simple beauty of things related to nature”, and for absolute connection, the firm ensured materials in the soil, stone and wood nuances, dotted by green and blue tones in the handmade ceramics and soft linen. These well-worn and rustic materials ensure a lived-in cosiness Norm Architects knows well, and a sincere step into understated luxury.
The earthy palette is further emanated in the oak wooden plinths, bronzed brass lamps, Noren (Japanese fabric dividers), the Z11 Silk Cashmere Pendants, Piero Lissoni sofas and art pieces collected by the owners on travels abroad. While boasting rich materials, the home gives you both a feeling of being at one with the spectacular scenery but also channels an international awareness of the Japanese wabi sabi style. These custom interior elements are a feast of tactile surfaces and patinated objects.
The Seaside Abode is at the crossroads of bohemian and nordic influence, Japanese zen aesthetics and Danish cottage style charm. Norm Architects designed this unique meeting place under the Danish ‘sol’ (sun) and fronting the ‘strand’ (sea) not just for a fleeting summer vacation —but for slow living all year round.
‘The ambition to bring nature into the space comes from a wish to reclaim a connection with nature—an ambition shared by many people in today’s increasingly digital and urbanised world.’
— Norm Architects