Palsgaard Estate is a one-storey construction – a timber frame clad with shingles
The house comprises three wings, produced by ‘cutting slices of cake’ out of the circular construction. The slices form a number of patios, thereby integrated into the shape. A low wall encircles the patios and helps define the circle, shielding the outdoor spaces and making them private. The choice of materials was greatly inspired by nature. The bulk of the façade is clad with Acacia shingles, lending the house a rustic character. Over time, the shingles will weather, acquiring an almost silver-coloured surface to match the special light grey brickwork. Grey pickled planks, zinc covers and granite patios also help create a harmonic entity in a warm grey palette that interacts with the tree trunks in the park. The house’s soft, round walls are highlighted by oak panels. The contact with the surrounding countryside is underpinned by large window panels, which allow an abundance of daylight into the rooms. Benches and shelves have been incorporated under the windows, perfect for extra seating and storage.
The optimum use of space is a major feature of the house’s interior. There are no hallways. You enter a series of contiguous living rooms, distributed from the entrance with space for a wardrobe, a small office, sitting room and kitchen. The angles of the rooms create dynamism and necessary shielding. A separate sleeping section with bathroom and guest toilet divides the house into two equal parts. From virtually all rooms there is access to large and small patios, which in both visual and functional terms serve as an essential part of the house.
The Schou Foundation
FRIIS & MOLTKE Architects