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Resident Peter Østergaard (with Maja, 6, and Carl, 20 months) and architect and photographer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen have been best friends since they were 13, which makes for easy collaboration. Says Bjerre-Poulsen: “There are always a lot of challenges in a renovation, 

but Peter and Åsa trusted my judgment and gave me a completely free hand. Usually it’s hard to push people into unconventional solutions, but Peter has 

all these wild and crazy ideas.” One such idea was 

to embed a transparent glass-and-iron door in 

the floor, operated by a 

hydraulic pump, which allows access to the subterranean wine cellar. At night, the lit-up cellar glows, lending the compact living room an increased sense 

of verticality.  Photo 8 of 12 in 11 Modern Stairways That Do Way More Than Just Connect Floors from Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen
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