Hear “country house” and your head automatically fills with visions of rustic wood, vintage furniture, and animal heads displayed on the wall. This German country house renovation is nothing like that. Instead it’s open and airy, with details more suited to an industrial loft than a pastoral home.
Reichel Architects teamed up with family-owned Danish company Dinesen to revive the property, which dates back to 1851. The mission was to enjoy the benefits of its rural location without compromising on modern conveniences. Details of the old structure were integrated into the new, like exposed wood beams in the double-height living room.
The home’s most unique features are the triangular attic windows and large skylight, which are architecturally interesting and flood the home with natural light. White floors, finished in lye and white soap, capture and magnify the light expression.
Furnishings forgo the typical country house feel for something more modern. Lines are clean and details are minimal. Colours are primarily black and white, with occasional pops of brighter hues. Shiny chrome makes appearances in lighting fixtures, kitchen appliances and decorative accessories. Country, meet contemporary.