Stairs can become architectural works of art when imagination is given free rein, as in CPH House in Denmark. The winding stair has become the magical centre of this home. From every angle, the stair piques your curiosity with its sweeping form and tread boards in Dinesen HeartOak, like a seductive stairway to heaven.
Residence – Holte, Denmark
Architect – Adam Kurdal, SPOL Architects
Photographer – Ivan Brodey
Finish: Light Oil
CPH House was created after a review of eight model designs and found its form in a scenic landscape set between forest and lake in Holte north of Copenhagen.
The end result was determined in a creative and open design process between the client and the international architecture firm SPOL Architects.
Sensuous materials, fine craftsmanship and uncompromising quality are the core elements of CPH House. Architect Adam Kurdal integrated pomp and splendour into the construction and refined the experience of the individual rooms.
One of the main challenges of the project was the sculptural winding stair whose complicated structure, like the house itself, had to find its precise form. The seven-ton staircase was constructed by CSK and has tread boards in Dinesen HeartOak. HeartOak flooring similarly covers all the staggered levels of the building, and all surplus wood has been used in other interior solutions.
Muted natural notes characterize the interior throughout, creating a calm atmosphere inside and celebrating the surrounding natural landscape, which is allowed to dominate the colour scheme as a scenic backdrop that changes with the seasons. The organic forms of nature are repeated in the architectural design in the gentle curvature of the walls and the connecting spaces in the impressive house.
The building is carbon-neutral and relies on renewable energy sources, such as vertical geothermic heating and invisible solar cells. Most of the year, the building is energy self-sufficient.