PH House

PH House

Private Houses
Copenhagen, Denmark
PH House

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This villa, located in Copenhagen, is said to have been the home of the famous, danish design-icon, Poul Henningsen. Today, a family of three resides in the historic house – a modern home that holds references to its original state, with beautiful high panels, parquet flooring, low, paned windows, teak furniture and – of course – retro PH lamps hanging over the kitchen island. The house was restored and rebuilt after a devastating fire. 


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Norm Architects have restored and rebuilt a historic villa in Copenhagen after a devastating fire. The story goes that the house used to be inhabited by the renowned Danish architect, designer and cultural critic, Poul Henningsen.


The villa, located in Copenhagen, is said to have been the home of the famous, danish design-icon, Poul Henningsen. Today, a family of three resides in the historic house – a modern home that holds references to its original state, with beautiful high panels, parquet flooring, low, paned windows, teak furniture and – of course – retro PH lamps hanging over the kitchen island.


“The house being a former home – or summerhouse – of Poul Henningsen wasn’t my initial motivation to buy the house, but coincidentally I’ve been collecting his lamps for quite some time, so you’ll find them around the house.” says the owner.


The minimal kitchen in smoked oak with bronzed brass handles, designed by Norm Architects for Danish kitchen manufacturer Reform is complimented by a sculptural kitchen island in a light grey ceramic stone, and both the kitchen and bathroom of the house sports slim brass faucets.


The ground floor of the house has been changed from small divided rooms into one big living area with windows on all sides, only subdivided centrally by bespoke elements; a large kitchen cabinet covered in dark stained oak separating the kitchen and the living room, and a central staircase, creating a dynamic, semi-open space with soft transitions. 


With a clean and minimal approach, the classic elements of the house have been restored and elegantly combined with contemporary details, making for timeless interiors and generally warm aesthetics. 

The dark mid-century teak furniture and minimal marble plinths create beautiful contrasts, boasting a clean and subtle elegance against the plain, white walls and dark inbuilt kitchen elements in sawcut smoaked oak.


Unfortunately not much of the original building was left after the fire in 2014, but while rebuilding the house it was possible, by increasing the height of the facades, to extend the top floor from approximately 40m2 to 100m2, which has made the house more suitable as a modern family home. 


The floating steps in solid oak create a flow between the basement, ground floor and top floor, connecting the house vertically in a harmonious and contemporary way with skylights flooding the staircase in natural daylight and increasing the sense of height in the house. 


With light coming in from different angles, every room of the house is bright, filled with daylight and comfortable to be in.

PH House

VOLA as Manufacturers

With a clean and minimal approach, the classic elements of this historic Danish villa have been restored and elegantly combined with  contemporary details. The minimal, bespoke kitchen combines smoked oak with bronzed brass handles and is complimented by a sculptural kitchen island in a light grey ceramic stone set off by the elegant shape of the VOLA 590M tap in natural brass. Bathrooms are unified with the rest of the project through the use of classic VOLA models, specified in a natural brass finish throughout. The architects specified the use of VOLA products throughout as they go hand in hand with timeless aesthetics and Danish design heritage. 


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The PH House by Norm Architects, is a minimalist villa in Copenhagen, Denmark that is said to have been the former summerhouse of danish design icon Poul Henningsen, but was badly damaged in a devastating fire in 2014. 


Today the historic house has been transformed into a modern home that holds references to its original state – with beautiful high panels, parquet flooring, low, paned windows, teak furniture, retro PH lamps hanging over the kitchen island and iconic sculptural VOLA fittings throughout.


With a clean and minimal approach, the classic elements of the house have been restored and elegantly combined with contemporary details, adding points of contrast against the overarching warm aesthetics. The minimal, bespoke kitchen combines smoked oak with bronzed brass handles and is complimented by a sculptural kitchen island in a light grey ceramic stone set off by the elegant shape of the VOLA 590M in natural brass.

The bathrooms are also unified with the rest of the project through the use of classic VOLA models, specified in a natural brass finish throughout - the 111 and HV1 are both accompanied by the A34 waste and SC10 is used as the bath mixer, tying in with the slender VOLA T19 Towel rail.

 

The decision to choose VOLA was made early on in the design process—both architect and client were familiar with the brand and specified VOLA for all tap and shower fittings throughout the house. The brass colour choice was designed to be a flare of colour in an otherwise natural palette of colours.


Norm Architects is a strong advocate of VOLA products as it goes hand in hand with their timeless aesthetics and danish design heritage. 

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