Skagen Klitgård

Skagen Klitgård

Modernist Wooden Beach House, Perched on the Northern Tip of the Danish Coast


Skagen Klitgård





Time span





300 m2


Interiors, Living, Villas



Partner in charge:

Mathias Brockdorff


Rasmus Hjortshøj




The remarkable summer house in Skagen put the architect to the test.

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The quality of a project and the right use of materials is key in making great and long-lasting architecture.

Skagen at its finest

Skagen, the northernmost town in Denmark, sits on a long peninsula flanked by beaches that jut out between two seas. Standing at its tip, one can watch waves from the Kattegat marine area crash into waters from the North Sea. Inside, the home is an ideal place for his extended family to come together. As for its exterior, the painted walls and thatched roof are a celebration of the so-called black period of 1870s Skagen, during which charred timbers from the many nearby shipwrecks were repurposed to construct homes.

We know it’s a cliché, but the house really was created from the inside out.

Sustainable build

All the wood, except for the windows and construction frame, is Douglas fir from the Danish company Dinesen, which sources sustainable timber from forests in France and Germany. The thatched roof and black-painted wooden exterior link the house to the history of Skagen, where charred lumbar from shipwrecks was often used to build homes.

This Modernist Wooden Beach House Is Perched on the Northern Tip of the Danish Coast.

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Inside the abode, PAX created a series of zones that foster a sense of openness. The kitchen, which is located within a few centimeters of the building’s central point, is its purposeful heart. That’s because being able to get together with friends and family—particularly around meal times—is so important. On warm days, life easily flows out to the terrace. The beach is just a short walk away, and the surrounding land is part of a protected nature reserve.