Tornby, Nordjylland



You can almost hear the North Sea roar­ing, feel the straw of the dunes and sense the fresh air.

On the West Jutland coast in Tornby near Hjør­ring is the “Dyrestien” (the animal track). A modern and invit­ing wooden summer house in the most beau­ti­ful surroundings.

The house appears as a simple, mini­mal­ist build­ing body with very few high-qual­ity mate­ri­als. Facades and roof are clad in cedar wood, which is untreated and pati­nas in shades of black and silver grey. Since the roof is also covered with the same mate­r­ial as the facades, a fifth facade is created, which makes the build­ing appear clean in its expression.

The house is built on a hilly plot, which provides an excit­ing coun­ter­point to the house’s sharp lines. Together, it makes the summer house ooze with peace.

Dyrestien 1 | Bjerg Arkitektur

The summer house received Hjør­ring Munic­i­pal­i­ty’s Archi­tec­ture Award in 2015. The reason­ing reads:

“A new, modern summer house, which stands out with a very strict and period-typi­cal archi­tec­ture, and which fits perfectly into the karst dune land­scape, both in dispo­si­tion and in mate­ri­al­ity. The house is orderly, mini­mal­is­tic and consis­tently completed in a few well-chosen mate­ri­als and with fine details both outside and inside”.

Dyrestien 3 | Bjerg Arkitektur
Situ­a­tional plan

Dyrestien’s basic concept is based on two room wings and a middle section with a large kitchen and dining room.
Living room and covered terrace are located towards the view, so it can be enjoyed regard­less of the weather. And from the kitchen area there is access to a screened outdoor living area. The natural dunes and the outhouse form the entrance help to create shel­ter. The summer house has several deli­cious customized solu­tions – such as skylights, an outdoor bath and a large terrace.

When you step inside the summer house, you are instantly drawn by the fantas­tic unob­structed sea view. Thru the large window sections that fill the entire end wall in the living room, the land­scape comes up close to the build­ing, so that inside and outside are integrated.

Dyrestien 5 | Bjerg Arkitektur

Dyrestien 7 | Bjerg Arkitektur
Dyrestien 9 | Bjerg Arkitektur

Responsible construction

Dyrestien 11 | Bjerg Arkitektur
Dyrestien 13 | Bjerg Arkitektur

Mark Krebs

“At the office, the focus is on design­ing
aesthet­ics with empha­sis on ethics. In other words do
we create beau­ti­ful archi­tec­ture that is also envi­ron­men­tally friendly
justi­fi­ably. ”Dyrestien” is built based on
the Passive House prin­ci­ples, where the energy require­ment
is signif­i­cantly reduced. The owners get a well-insu­lated, dense
summer house with low energy costs and an ideal
indoor climate.”

Mark Krebs, architect

The central room of the house appears bright
and kindly with with ceil­ing to kip, which
provides air and volume. The room is
illu­mi­nated from east to west. A skylight
is installed in the roof, which provides
good light from the east.

Dyrestien 16 | Bjerg Arkitektur
Dyrestien 18 | Bjerg Arkitektur