Jan Henrik Jansen with Marshall Blecher build prefab Villa Korup in Denmark

Villa Korup rests amid Danish woods, its three-legged low volume clad in cross laminated timber, steel and glass; constructed in just three days using off-site prefabrication.

by Jincy Iype Published on : May 29, 2020

As far as private villa designs go, Villa Korup presents an obvious, charming aesthetic and an even impressive feat of design – the residence was built for a young family of six after a fire consumed their previous home – in just three days! Located on the Danish island of Fyn, the ‘three-legged’ solid villa is designed by Danish/ German architect Jan Henrik Jansen with Australian architect Marshall Blecher, both based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Villa Korup was prefabricated off-site using cross laminated timber, which enabled the architects to construct it in just three days on-site, reducing significantly the disturbance to surrounding landscape and the wildlife.

  • The prefab home Villa Korup rests upon Danish landscape with lofty trees for company | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    The prefab home Villa Korup rests upon Danish landscape with lofty trees for company Image Credit: Hampus Berndtson
  • The residence is clad in prefabricated timber, weathered steel and glass | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    The residence is clad in prefabricated timber, weathered steel and glass Image Credit: Hampus Berndtson

Villa Korup is a prefab home, clad in chocolate-coloured timber and resting atop flat, green landscape with lofty trees for company. The serene, lush woodland surrounding the villa gives it an almost cinematic feel, with its solid geometry, glass openings and subdued colour palette. The residential design branches off in three discreet wings, “developed in order to delineate the different aspects of the landscape, accentuating their qualities and creating three characteristic courtyard like spaces; a sunny south facing sloped area to the south, a protected kitchen garden to the east and an orchard cum playground to the west,” as mentioned by the firm in a press statement. One wing hosts the entrance and adjoining areas, the second is dedicated to the children, and the third is for the parents.

  • The three legged form of Villa Korup | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    The three legged form of Villa Korup Image Credit: Marshall Blecher
  • The dwelling’s centre hosts common areas like kitchen and dining, while its ends have private spaces like bedrooms | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    The dwelling’s centre hosts common areas like kitchen and dining, while its ends have private spaces like bedrooms Image Credit: Hampus Berndtson

The innovative villa’s core and middle areas host communal gathering spaces for the family like the kitchen, dining and living area, while the ends anchor more private, secluded spaces such as bedrooms, offices and bathrooms. The interiors display a quaint space, rendered simply in light coloured wood, dotted sparsely with furniture and house plants, giving off a very airy, Scandinavian appeal. The almost bare furnishings and neutral colour shades make the space look bigger and more open, which is accentuated by the filtered daylight that penetrates inside through sliding glass doors.

The quaint interiors are rendered in light coloured wood, dotted sparsely with furniture and house plants | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
The quaint interiors are rendered in light coloured wood, dotted sparsely with furniture and house plants Image Credit: Gabrielle Gualdi
The interiors have an airy, light-filled, Scandinavian aesthetic | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
The interiors have an airy, light-filled, Scandinavian aesthetic Image Credit: Gabrielle Gualdi

Villa Korup sits as a low volume, and has been constructed entirely from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), one of the first private residential architecture project in Denmark to do so. CLT has been exposed throughout the dwelling, and has been treated in a traditional Danish technique, with lye and soap that ensures the soft, resilient finish of the timber. “The house was raised in just three days after panels were carefully designed and robotically manufactured from sustainable FSC Baltic fir. Savings on labour meant that this solid timber house was constructed at a comparable cost to a more traditional timber frame house,” inform Jansen and Blecher.

  • Villa Korup is made entirely from cross laminated timber | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    Villa Korup is made entirely from cross laminated timber construction methods Image Credit: Marshall Blecher
  • Villa Korup was built in just three days, using prefabrication construction methods | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    Villa Korup was built in just three days, using prefabrication construction methods Image Credit: Hampus Berndtson

The house is clad externally with raw weathering steel panels that were specially developed for the project, the outcome of which is a completely fixtureless façade. The cladding will react to its surroundings and patinate over time, turning from an “oily grey, metallic finish, gradually streaking orange, fading into a mottled brown, and settling eventually into a deep, earthy umber,” furthering the minimalist, cinematic aesthetic of the dwelling.   

  • Site Plan | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    Site Plan Image Credit: Courtesy of Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher
  • Plan | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    Plan Image Credit: Courtesy of Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher
  • Elevations | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    Elevations Image Credit: Courtesy of Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher
  • Axonometric diagram | Villa Korup designed by Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher | STIRworld
    Axonometric diagram Image Credit: Courtesy of Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher

Project Details

Name: Villa Korup
Location: Fyn, Denmark
Year of completion: 2020
Architect: Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter with Marshall Blecher

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Jincy Iype

Jincy Iype

Iype is a trained architect, who often indulges in writing and amateur photography. She was a cinephile and a melophile even before she knew what those words meant. She is inclined towards architecture journalism, and can usually be found curled up reading a book, or cooking for therapeutic relief.

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