The Architect's House

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The Architect's House

At first glance, the house almost blends itself into the nature around it. It is the clear expression and honest elements of the facade such as the wooden cedar planks and the floor-to-ceiling windows that create a calm expression that blends so beautifully into nature. The traditionally thatched roof creates an evocative exterior for the house which, despite its classic elements, is only 5 years old. The owner of the house, architect Poul Schülein and his family have owned the land and other properties on it for about 100 years. It was therefore with a keen knowledge of the location in the Western Jutland dunes that the architect could design his very own dream house. A house that is steeped in finesse and attention to precious materials and unique detail, like the look that extends throughout the house and a rising ceiling that gives a sense of spaciousness.
“The house has an open floor plan with continuous slanting lines from one end to the other. The core of the house contains a toilet and bath, and then the two main sections of the house are connected by glass doors," explains Poul Schülein about his open floor plan. Openness is a key element for the house. Not only in terms of the floor plan but also in the connection between outer and inner space. Between the house and nature. The house is designed so that you look out into nature when you are indoors, and vice-versa, peek through the house when you are outside.
For the kitchen in the large, open living room and for the bathrooms of the house, which are kept in neutral brown and grey tones, the architect chose TONI Copenhagen's SP handle tap, which is easily recognizable by its simple design. “Why?” "This is something I learned at home," Schülein explains, who grew up with the timeless, elegantly designed fitting and has since used it in several of his projects. The material is always untreated brass, which patinates gently over time. 'They're practical. You needn’t worry about maintaining them. They become more beautiful when used”, says the architect.


 »Jeg elsker at lære fra mig. Det er også det jeg har gjort hele mit liv - forsøgt at omvende danskere, da jeg jo følte at jeg så lyset i Frankrig. Og det i sådan en grad, at jeg følte, der var noget mere på spil end bare velsmag. 


Det handlede om kærlighed, respekten for naturen og grundlaget for den menneskelige civilisation. Så store ting, så jeg i maden og måltidet i Frankrig. Jeg var slet ikke klar over at der var noget der hed klimakrise, antibiotika og forurening af grundvand i 83’, hvor jeg var i Frankrig. Men jeg så ligesom de her store spørgsmål. Kærligheden til jorden, respekt for historien og idéen om at gøre sig umage. Og jeg så fraværet af det samme i Danmark. Så da jeg kom hjem fra Frankrig, var jeg helt klar på, at min opgave i livet skulle være, at skabe den franske madkultur i Danmark.«

»Det tog mig mange år at finde ud af, at det ikke behøvede at være en kopi, men at det kunne være noget originalt der opstod på dansk grund. Men med afsæt i det samme værdigrundlag, og så i virkeligheden, måske også forfinet. Det nordiske køkken er på sin vis også moderne, og adresserer nogle mere nutidige og alvorlige udfordringer end det franske køkken nogensinde har påstået at gøre. Så du kan sige, at i midten af alt det, ligger der et behov for at få nogle mennesker med på rejsen, om man kalder det at omvende folk eller at lære dem noget, er typisk to sider af samme sag.«


Netop drømmen om, at skabe et meningsfyldt er ikke til at tage fejl af i mødet med den inspirerende gastronomiske entreprenør. 


Claus og Christina sender os afsted i døren, mætte, med en bekræftende følelse af at dét at gøre sig umage, altid gør tingene en lille smule mere magiske.