Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


Shaped by the interests of its inhabitants, Bjarke Ingels Group’s latest design, Villa GUG, offers an exhibit space for the client’s high-end automobiles in lieu of a traditional garage. Resembling a sleek, concrete version of a toy-car track, the curved foundation of the dwelling— to be built in Ålborg, Denmark— loops around a central garden and recedes into the introverted garage and showroom.

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


The design smooths and simplifies the transition from car to home, creating one integrated environment. Floor-to-ceiling windows along the driveway-shaped structure allow the luxury-car collection on the lower level to remain visible from the rest of the house.

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


An extension of the driveway, the interior of the house gradually slopes upward and curls around on top of itself. After the car showroom portion ends, the open living spaces of the home continue, from the kitchen and living room, connected to the lower level by a circular staircase, to, ultimately, a balconied terrace situated at the top.

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


Despite its stacked and layered construction, the 750-square-meter (8,073-square-foot) countryside house, maintains a low profile with respect to the surrounding environment.

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


“As an architectural portrait, the home is about creating a framework for interests and needs, wishes and dreams, requirements, and criteria – in short – the life the family wants to live,” BIG said in a release.

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark

Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark
Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group Villa GUG, Bjarke Ingels Group, Ålborg, Denmark


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