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Homes Dream space
is clear
With its floor-to-ceiling windows
overlooking the water and dunes, and
all-weather sun decks and terraces
scattered on every level, Finn and
Rie Siersbæk’s Danish home takes
full advantage of its seaside location
Words Dominic Bradbury Photography Anders Hviid
february 2014
Homes Dream space
Homes Dream space
this picture The
living room is a
dramatic, generous
area on the house’s
middle storey. The
sofa is positioned
to look out to sea,
while the fitted
shelves enhance
the build’s clean,
minimalist aesthetic
he sea has always been a key part of Esbjerg’s
character and identity. This Danish town on the
Jutland Peninsula is a famous seaport and was
once the country’s most important fishing
harbour, bringing in mackerel and herring from
the North Sea. Today, it also serves ferries, container ships
and support boats for offshore wind farms and drilling
platforms. The port can be seen from as far as 10 kilometres
away on account of four giant figures that sit on the coastline
– a sculpture by Danish artist Svend Wiig Hansen.
So, when Finn and Rie Siersbæk started looking for a
house in Esbjerg, it goes without saying that they wanted
a sea view. And their new home certainly fits the bill. It’s
a stone’s throw from the beach and dunes, and its terraces
and windows offer a constant panorama of the water.
‘The location is unique,’ says Finn, a property investor.
‘We have a 180° view of the ocean, the harbour and the
entrance to the port, as well as the island of Fanø. Also,
the dwelling is so close to the sea that we get fantastic
light – the sunset over the water is amazing to watch.’
Finn has known the area for many years. This house
‘It’s so close to the sea that
we get fantastic light – sunsets
over the water are amazing’
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this picture A classic
Flag Halyard chair
by Danish designer
Hans J Wegner
makes the most of
a light-filled space
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Homes Dream space
‘We wanted something
minimalist – a complete
contrast to a family home’
this picture An
open, double
doorway ties
the living room
and the dining
room together.
There are no doors
separating the
main living areas
The layout: 330sqm
ground floor
utility room
this picture The
use of white walls
and Douglas-fir
throughout unites
the semi-open-plan
spaces, creating a
calming flow from
one to the next
this picture A
long counter along
one wall of the
dining room
leads seamlessly
into the kitchen,
keeping lines clean
was actually owned by Finn’s grandfather in the late Fifties,
although it looked very different: a red-brick, three-storey
dwelling. It then passed out of the family and was owned
by a local bank manager for a number of years.
But when Finn and Rie (who have two grown-up
children) started thinking about buying a home by the sea,
they came across a familiar building for sale. ‘We used to
live in a classic Scandinavian house on a quiet, suburban
street,’ says Finn. ‘It was romantic and old-fashioned,
but we decided we wanted something very minimalist
– a complete contrast to the child-friendly family home.
I don’t remember my grandfather’s house that well, so
it was because of the location that we bought it.’
The building needed to be completely renovated to
create a contemporary home that would make the most
of its views. The couple considered knocking it down and
starting again, but realised that planning restrictions would
prevent them from achieving the same sense of height that
was one of the greatest advantages of the Thirties building.
Instead, they worked with local architect Morten Budtz
to come up with a radical reconfiguration. Budtz was
able to interpret Rie’s creative ideas about what the house
should look like, transforming them into a design that
would be approved by the local planners.
‘We basically started from scratch,’ says Finn. ‘The
framework of the house is the same, but we changed
first floor
living room
this picture The
study and living
area on the ground
floor faces the
sea and leads out
to a terrace in
the rear garden
dining room
second floor
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Homes Dream space
‘We didn’t want to
compromise with
the floors – they’re
lovely to walk on’
this picture and
below The master
bathroom continues
the soothing,
minimal aesthetic,
with wall-mounted
sinks and integrated
storage solutions
the layout and appearance completely. Back in 1936,
the scenic view didn’t play as big a role as it does today,
so one thing that we wanted to change right away was
the size of the windows facing the ocean.’
Outwardly, the original house – with its traditional
bay windows – was replaced with a crisp, new facade
with large, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the
water and the dunes. A series of decks and terraces have
also been created, which face the ocean views: a generous
deck at ground level and a series of elevated, balconied
terraces on the two storeys above. The gardens have been
completely re-landscaped and the entrance approach to
the landward side of the building has been remodelled,
with a paved courtyard driveway leading up to a
procession of stone steps that ascend to the front door
on the mid-level. The entire house is plastered and
painted white, giving it a fresh feeling that forms
a strong contrast with its former incarnation.
The radical reinvention continues internally. Guest
accommodation and a combined living room/study area
have been placed on the ground floor. But the main living
spaces – the living room, dining room and kitchen –
are located on the first floor of the building, looking
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out to sea. Here the spaces are fluid and informal, with
a semi-open-plan layout that does away with any need
for solid doorways. An archway connects the sitting area
and dining room, which flows seamlessly into the kitchen.
The spaces are tied together by the white walls – with
integrated shelving – and the use of timber flooring
throughout. ‘It’s Dinesen Douglas fir, treated with
lye and white soap,’ says Finn. ‘We didn’t want
to compromise with the floors, and with Dinesen
we could have planks in full lengths – 30cm wide and
14 metres long. They are lovely to walk on and they
feel smooth underfoot. We also installed underfloor
heating, which works perfectly.’
The master suite is on the top floor. The bed faces the
ocean view, while the floor-to-ceiling windows flow out
to a timber deck. This is one of the best vantage points
in Finn and Rie’s seaside home – a place where you can
watch the shifting sea and the ocean traffic almost
endlessly. In a house that’s been remade around a love
of the coast, this really is a room with a view.
Recreate Finn and Rie’s serene seaside style with
calming neutrals and eye-catching designs – p96
this picture and
left The master
bedroom is at the
top of the house
and gets the best
of the sea views;
the bed has been
positioned to enjoy
the vista. The
floorboards conceal
underfloor heating
PROJECT TEAM Architect Morten
Budtz, formerly at Morten Budtz
Arkitekt, now with Hallen & Nordby
(+45 7513 7700;
Consultant engineer/surveyor
Ingeniørgruppen Varde AS (+45
7522 1711; Contractor
Maskinsnedkeriet Phønix BRDR
Iversen Aps (+45 7522 1400; STRUCTURE Windows
and doors Hansen Millennium
(0161 653 3030;
Fixtures & fittings Flooring
Douglas fir by Dinesen (+45 7455
2140; Lighting
Louis Poulsen (+45 7033 1414; Kitchen units
and sink Bulthaup (0844 846 7810; Kitchen taps Vola
(01525 720 111; Bathroom
tiles Odorico Studio (+45 3964 5556; Bathroom taps
Vola, as before Lamps Bestlite
(0161 228 6880;
FURNITURE & accessories
Dining table Super Ellipse by Piet
Hein (+45 6340 4080;
Dining chairs Philippe Starck (+33
01 4807 5454; Sofa in
study Erik Jørgensen (+45 3929
1966; Study
table and chairs Rumas (+45 9818
1155; Living-room twin
chairs Poul Kjærholm at Fritz Hansen
(+45 4817 2300;
Living-room sofa Eilersen (+45 6485
1008; Master bedroom
lamp Bestlite, as before En-suite
bathroom white chair Stingray
Rocker by Thomas Pedersen at
Danish Design Store (+1 800 688
0974; Chair
by window Flag Halyard by Hans
J Wegner at Fritz Hansen, as before
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