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BIG unveils luxury home for car enthusiasts

BIG unveils luxury home for ca...
Villa Gug is located in a rural area near Ålborg, Denmark (Image: BIG)
Villa Gug is located in a rural area near Ålborg, Denmark (Image: BIG)
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"In Villa Gug, the clients' passion for cars plays a significant role in the family life, taking up a significant portion of the housing area," says BIG's press release (Image: BIG)
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"In Villa Gug, the clients' passion for cars plays a significant role in the family life, taking up a significant portion of the housing area," says BIG's press release (Image: BIG)
"Instead of hiding the vehicle away in a basement, or a large garage, we suggest a house that smoothly turns from car to home," adds BIG (Image: BIG)
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"Instead of hiding the vehicle away in a basement, or a large garage, we suggest a house that smoothly turns from car to home," adds BIG (Image: BIG)
Villa Gug is located in a rural area near Ålborg, Denmark (Image: BIG)
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Villa Gug is located in a rural area near Ålborg, Denmark (Image: BIG)
The main body of the house takes the form of a loop, creating a private central courtyard (Image: BIG)
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The main body of the house takes the form of a loop, creating a private central courtyard (Image: BIG)
Work on the project is currently ongoing (Image: BIG)
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Work on the project is currently ongoing (Image: BIG)
The driveway leads into a garage and showroom (Image: BIG)
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The driveway leads into a garage and showroom (Image: BIG)
As yet, we've no details on the expected completion date nor budget (Image: BIG)
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As yet, we've no details on the expected completion date nor budget (Image: BIG)
The main body of the house takes the form of a loop, creating a private central courtyard (Image: BIG)
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The main body of the house takes the form of a loop, creating a private central courtyard (Image: BIG)
Inside Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
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Inside Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
Inside Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
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Inside Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
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Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
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Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
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Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
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Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has begun work on a luxury residence in Denmark that's almost equal parts home and private car showroom. Commissioned by a client with an enviable car collection, Villa Gug comprises a novel looping form that integrates the cars into the main body of the house.

Bringing to mind Poland's Autofamily House in its unabashed celebration of the car, Villa Gug is located in a rural area near Ålborg, Denmark. Its design will polarize opinion, but appears well-suited to the client's particular requirements. Judging from the renders provided to the press, the home appears to take its place well in the surrounding landscape too.

"In Villa Gug, the clients' passion for cars plays a significant role in the family life, taking up a significant portion of the housing area," says BIG. "Instead of hiding the vehicles away in a basement, or a large garage, we suggest a house that smoothly turns from car to home."

Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)
Architectural model of Villa Gug (Image: BIG)

Villa Gug comprises a total floorspace of 750 sq m (8,072 sq ft), and is laid out as follows ... The looping form serves first as a driveway and then becomes a private showroom and garage. As it slopes upwards, it leads into a gym and then the house proper, with kitchen, lounge, and remaining areas joined onto each other and connected by hallway. A rooftop terrace tops the structure and a library is reached by descending a staircase.

Though Villa Gug sports significant glazing, it's deceptively private, and passersby won't be able to gawp inside at the cars as the ground-floor features a large unbroken facade of what looks like concrete. In addition, the looping form also creates an inner garden area that's removed from prying eyes.

Work on the project is currently ongoing. As yet, we've no details on the expected completion date or budget.

Source: BIG

6 comments
Buellrider
I like it except that the car area needs to be quite a bit wider so that the furthest car is able to leave without the rest of the cars first being moved.
MBadgero
Very nice! Beautiful and elegant design.
F.Gogoni
Interesting design for disable people, not for car enthusiast.
Germano Pecoraro
Nice! Interesting design for car and people. In the garden I insert a kitchen garden
DavidB
The absence of a railing around the hole-in-the-floor spiral staircase looks made to order for a family, as shown, with at least two young children.
danBran
An excellent example of form over function