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Holiday home of the week: an architect’s island retreat in Denmark

Hunker down next to the Baltic Sea

German architect Jan Henrik Jansen designed Black&Bright beach house as his own rural retreat on the Isle of Møn in Denmark.

The simple, black cabin – available to rent from €800 to €1,950 per week via Holiday Architecture – is surrounded by grassland, a stone’s throw from the island’s Råbylille beach.

Constructed from timber, the 2008 building’s simple form riffs on to the classic gabled agricultural buildings that dot the surrounding area, and its black skin contrasts its blonde interiors.

The Isle of Møn is known for its dramatic landscape which includes stony beaches and chalk cliffs, and these natural tones are used inside the three-bedroom villa. Living spaces are set across one level, with the living room and kitchen acting as the heart of the island property. Here, there’s a boxy wood-burning stove and built-in sofa.

Holiday home of the week: an architect’s island retreat in Denmark
Photography: A Gatzke

Jansen has foregone windows in favour of sliding glass doors which open the interiors up the wrap-around terrace. Meanwhile, walls and ceilings have been given a soft finish using local beach sand to create a unique golden hue.

Black&Bright isn’t the only holiday home that Copenhagen-based Jansen has built on Møn – he’s also responsible for the whimsical Birkedal, which unfurls across a grassy slope like a series of hopping stones.

Holiday home of the week: an architect’s island retreat in Denmark
Photography: A Gatzke

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