Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

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


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.

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