adventure journal asserbo house weekend cabin

adventure journal asserbo house weekend cabin

There’s something about the Asserbo House that reminds me of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For all we know, the fortress of trees that surrounds it may well be in the middle of Copenhagen (it’s not), but there’s a distinct feeling of being plunked in the middle of a perfect, fairy tale forest.

The home is actually on Zealand Island, which is the most highly populated Danish island, somewhere between the coast and Arresø Lake, the largest lake in the country. So in a sense, it does exist in somewhat of a fantasy land. The full window facade and contemporary, clean lines of the home focus all attention to the deck, which is so large it effectively doubles the living space. Yet, the real trick that architects Pernille Poulsen and Christenson & Co. pulled off was to somehow emanate warmth and welcoming from those same crisp lines. It’s almost as though they had some help from a few (or seven) happy homemakers.

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Photos by Christenson & Co.

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