Constructed by Facit Homes and Eentileen Arkitektur, this efficient prefab vacation spot on a small, forested site in Copenhagen is easy on its surroundings – and its owners’ finances.
Concluding that their holiday home had fallen into a state of decrepitude beyond that which could justifiably be repaired, the Bjørndal family turned to Eentileen Arkitektur, the local partners of London’s Facit Homes, to deliver a replacement as painlessly as possible. Set in a clearing surrounded by dense woods, the new cabin soaks in daylight and views of the setting through a series of verandas and pitched roofs facing different directions.
Like all of Facit’s structures, the lodge was constructed from a kit of custom-fabricated parts – prefabricated to within a millimetre’s tolerance and assembled quickly on-site. This high degree of accuracy meant that not only could the 125-square-metre home be snapped together by hand in only six weeks, but also that the resulting structure is virtually airtight; a single wood-burning stove provides enough warmth to heat the entire structure. A waste-free spray-on insulation and mechanical heat recovery ventilation system add to the cabin’s efficiency.
Facit’s integrated system for designing and building custom houses is predicated on a chassis, not unlike a car’s, onto which all the structure’s systems are mounted. From start to finish, the process is guided by a 3D computer model that comprises every aspect of the project, from orientation to materials. Electrics, insulation and plumbing are provided their own cavities, enabling the construction team to deliver with minimal delays.
Also in keeping with many of Facit’s prefab projects, the design team chose to forgo a basement and concrete foundation in favour of metal screwpiles, which can be installed in a single day without excavation. To these, the compartmentalized chassis was mounted, followed by engineered building components. Finally, built-to-order elements such as staircases, kitchens and wardrobes are installed.
Besides ample insulation and air-tightness, the home takes advantage of its southern exposure to boost energy savings through entirely passive means. Inside, the cabin is finished simply, with plywood panel walls and ceiling, and wood plank flooring.