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A Thatched Cottage in Denmark with a Modern, Space-Saving Interior

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Architects John Lassen and Joanna Tench renovated their dream summer home.

When Danish architects John Lassen and Joanna Tench were looking for a summer home to renovate, they cast their eye on a thatched-roof cottage overlooking the North Sea in West Jutland. Built in 1967, it was typical of traditional homes in the area—long, narrow, and oriented along an East-West axis. “It was very simple, and it was exactly what I wanted,” Lassen says. It just needed some serious work.

The architects replaced the existing orange cinder-block facade with plaster walls and Pomeranian pine wood shingles,...
Douglas fir lines the walls of the entryway.
Lassen designed all the furniture with the exception of a few items, like the vintage Chairman armchair by Henrik...
The architects installed plaster walls and a curved ceiling that lets in more light.
Lassen says the biggest key for designing a small space is to keep things as minimalist as possible.
A small dining room occupies the space just beyond the living room.
The kitchen cabinets and fixtures are all sourced from Swan Cuisines. The trashcan is by Vipp.
In the bathroom, plain white tiles line the walls and ceiling.
A modern stone fence made of galvanized steel mesh filled with stones surrounds the house.
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