Island Stories 2018 / Gudhjem

A house inspired by the low-key architecture of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is standing on the bedrock of Gudhjem.

Reykjavik Daybed

Just a stone’s throw from Gudhjem, you find one of the architectural gems of Bornholm. A house from the 1940s and former studio of the Danish painter Niels Lergaard (1893-1982). When Legaard settled on Bornholm in 1928 at the invitation of painter Oluf Høst and Gudhjem Church, the magnificient view of the ocean quickly became his favourite subject.

The house is built directly into the rocks, and in the 1960s, it was extended by an architect from Arne Jacobsen’s office. Together with Niels Lergaard’s son, Per Lergaard, he created an extension strongly inspired by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Building Table, in high

"Here, you find inspiration and time to recharge. In all weather, the house is full of light. When combined, the light, the ocean, the nature and the architecture create an almost healing effect."

Today, it is still the ocean that attracts the current residents of the house. The sunlight also plays an important role. Reflecting and bouncing on the sea, it glitters through the many windows, leaving the rooms bathed in sunlight and a dreamy atmosphere. The fact that the winter days are short doesn't seem to bother the family, who's grown used to the cycle of nature and seasonal changes on the island. They still take full advantage of the area, bathing from the rocks, catching small fish in the ponds and relaxing in front of the house with its almost meditative view.