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Currently, under construction in Denmark, a coastal summer home designed by Studio Viktor Sørless is turning heads with its extreme take on modernist design.


Overlooking unobstructed views across the landscape, the project was designed for a film enthusiast to be a sustainable retreat inspired by Roman Polanski's movie The Ghostwriter. The dwelling is currently under construction in Hvide Sande, a small town in the middle of the Holmsland Dunes and placed around the artificial canal which connects Ringkøbing Fjord to the North Sea. Elevated off the ground, the project takes its shape because the client has a form of mirror-touch synaesthesia. Location was important for the client, as he feels the sensation of the wind in the dunes as a calming experience. As a result, curtains and large windows were placed in every room to emphasize the movement of the wind.


As Studio Viktor Sørless explains, the house is entered via an elevator room which functions as a vestibule and gallery. The cross-formed building is oriented to the four cardinal directions, and in turn, considers light as the fifth element orienting and driving the design. The angle of light that is formed and its direction changes throughout the day, and as a result, the coastal home was made to build a series of cinematic moods and messages. The curtains empower the "scenes" of the home, while at the same time, becoming activated by the wind. The home was partly inspired by philosopher Hermann Schmitz's idea that wind is a half-thing (Halbding). "If wind is gone, we don’t know where it’s gone but we can feel the absence and presence on our bodies. Half-things create atmospheres."


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