Njordrum: Where architecture, beauty and nature meet
By Heidi Kokborg | Photos: Dejan Alankhan / 3D visualisations: nor3D
Njordrum creates aesthetic houses with beauty integrated in every part of the process. Their philosophy is simple: bringing nature into each house, focusing on architecture, not size, and a strong relation between interior and exterior. With a Njordrum wooden house you will experience peace of mind, calm and grounding; it is the perfect place to recharge and disconnect.
Starting from just one simple ‘module’, Njordrum opens up to magnificent possibilities when building homes for people across the globe. The concept is quite simple: modular houses designed by architects starting from 48-square-metres. The architecture is based on Scandinavian traditions, light and nature. Njordrum houses are focused on architecture and not size.
“When you have light, space and a strong relation between interior and exterior, the amount of square metres is no longer essential as to whether the house feels big or small. We have gotten so used to living in big houses, but most people do not need all that space. Most people can easily thrive on 48-square-metres,” explains Martin Wienberg, architect and co-owner of Njordrum.
“If we have a lot of space we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff we do not really need. How many of us have drawers and cupboards full of things we never use? So many of us have a tendency to just purchase different items, thinking we cannot possibly live without them. But there comes a time where all these things own you instead of the other way around.”
Ironically, by moving into a smaller house you might feel that you actually have more space because you naturally have to declutter your home. Not only will this clear out your physical space, but you might also feel increased mental clarity. This way, the few things you do have will be things you truly love and that bring you joy.
A naturally grounding home
Njordrum was founded by Martin Wienberg, Lars Vejen and Steffen Toft. Wienberg is the main architect, Vejen primarily focuses on design, and Toft oversees project development.
“It is a huge strength of our company that we all bring different skills to the table. It makes the work process more creative, interesting and inspirational. Furthermore, it means we are well-equipped to handle challenges when they arise,” says Lars Vejen, co-owner of Njordrum.
Wienberg, Vejen and Toft have always been passionate about wooden houses so it only seemed natural that their company should specialise in creating and building beautiful homes made of wood. However, they wanted it to be more than just a house. They wanted to integrate beauty into every part of the process, from the lighting to acoustic ceiling, kitchen and door handles, which have all been designed by Njordrum.
“At Njordrum, we pay attention to every little detail. Our homes should be a stress-reducing environment, where you can destress after a long day at work. Njordrum homes are harmonious, calm and natural,” explains Vejen.
Natural, sustainable and mobile
At Njordrum, sustainability and integrating nature into each home is essential. A home where indoor and outdoor spaces melt together, and the outdoor space is as much a part of the home as the interior. Simply using wood as the main material instantly creates a grounding, calming atmosphere.
“Studies show that bringing nature into our homes promotes the ability to learn, and it reduces stress. We all need a place to relax, and to us it is only natural that our home is that place,” says Wienberg.
For Njordrum, sustainability is just common sense, and therefore they naturally think sustainability into the entire life-cycle of their houses. Wood is the most sustainable building material. Furthermore Njordrum has chosen to design and place the modules in a point-foundation, which requires far less resources than a traditional foundation.
“This also means our homes are mobile, meaning that you can move your home to a new location if desired or required. Everything we do has to make sense in the long run as well,” explains Vejen, and continues: “Our houses unite house and nature in an architectural whole. It should be as natural to step outside as inside, and our hope is that our homes inspire people to spend more time outdoors. We hope that by doing so we help revitalise the Nordic self-understanding.”
Allow the stress to melt away in your Njordrum home
For Njordrum, it is all about the aesthetics and the attention to detail. All the various building components and products have either been designed by Njordrum or carefully selected to fit concept and context.
“Aesthetics is the sum of the right details: the feeling that things are meant for each other and are part of an intended context in both shape and function. We combine the right materials in the right way to make everything appear in natural balance,” says Wienberg.
This also means that when you invest in a home from Njordrum you do not have to worry about which cupboards and door handles you should choose. Njordrum takes care of everything and guides you through the entire process.
“When you move into a Njordrum home it already has character and charm, and then you add personality to the home when moving in with your personal belongings,” says Vejen.
All you have to do is take a deep breath, let the stress melt away and enjoy your new home which is the perfect balance between nature, design and architecture.
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