A reader in Denmark told me about this not-very-big apartment that architect Stine Holscher designed for her family in Copenhagen. She says that Oprah once toured it on her show and “It was portrayed as a typical Danish home, which it really isn’t. But it’s still interesting as a new and futuristic way of living.”
Oprah visited Stine’s very modern and minimalist home in Copenhagen when her daily talk show was still on the air. I’m always curious to see how people make smaller spaces work, so I had to check out the video. (These are screenshots from her tour.)
As Oprah comes up the stairs into the apartment, Stine explains, “It’s a typical Danish design. It’s modern. Very straight lines. Big windows.”
They eat every meal as a family in this glass-enclosed dining area that extends out from the building. Stine says, “We like to spend the time together as a family.”
When Oprah saw the full bathroom that is open to the living area with only a glass wall dividing the two rooms, all she could say was, “Wowie, kazowie!”
She shows Oprah the small fridge in the kitchen. With a family of five you would probably make frequent trips to the market:
When Oprah peeks inside the built-in pantry, Stine says, “Now you will see chaos.” Loved that. Can you imagine having such an orderly life that these shelves looked like chaos to you?
They have three children under the age of 6, and the two older ones sleep in a “cave” with built-in bunk beds. They climb through that opening in the wall to get to it:
Oprah couldn’t resist climbing in and checking it out, and I can’t blame her — I’d want to get up in there, too!
Does the idea of living in a small apartment like this with your family appeal to you, or do you think you’d get sick of each other? (Ha.)
I’m not sure I could live with that much open space (and glass), but I was kind of fascinated to see how they make it work for them. Thanks to Ditte for telling me about it. To see more, take the video tour on Oprah.com and visit the Holscher Architecture website.
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