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Sustainable Scandinavian Architecture

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The Nordic Barn Project is a stunning example of sustainable Scandinavian architecture. 

“Cedar creates an architecture that only gets more beautiful over time.” – Bruno Jakobsen, Architect

Location: Aarhus / Denmark
Architect: Bruno Jakobsen Design
Photography: Bruno Jakobsen, Jakob Lerche

Set on a hilly, forested plot of land, this spa-like compound is all about communing with nature. Every structure on the property is situated in such a way that all the existing deciduous trees remain untouched and can be experienced from the inside.

This was especially important for the architect, Bruno Jakobsen, who designed the home for his family. Being both client and architect gave him the opportunity to explore his creativity and raise the bar on innovative ways to harmonize with the surrounding ecosystem.

“I allowed myself to play and test new ways of thinking about housing and architecture,” explains Jakobsen. “The project had to benefit the surrounding nature 100%. It was important that everyone in the family should have the pleasure of looking at nature, regardless of where in the house they stay.”

Creating Cohesion with Cladding

The result is two contemporary longhouses connected by a glass atrium in the middle, along with a workshop, studio, sauna tower, outdoor soaker tub and a goat shed surrounding the wooded landscape. All of which are clad in beautiful sustainable Real Cedar siding. As are the floating overhangs on both sides, which break up the facades, an architectural detail that gives something completely unique to the whole project.

“It was the plan from the start – I’am a big fan of Western Red Cedar,” says Jakobsen of his nature’s most versatile building material. “The choice of cedar has clearly moved the project up a level. Cedar creates an expression before other materials can imitate.”

Leaving a Mark with the Right Material

Indeed. Not only is this stunning example of authentic Nordic longhouse architecture his place of residence. It’s also his calling card as well, earning him recognition and accolades from around the world.

“I think the reason this project has touched so many people’s hearts is the harmonization with the forest,” he says. “The total experience with which the whole project is conceived and with the consistency with which the materials are put together gives a very unique architectural experience.”

WRC Specifications
Grade: KD Clear
Size: 1×6
Fastening: Stainless steel siding nails
Applied Finish: None