The Danes may well be onto something. Otherwise called the craft of creating intimacy, hygge (pronounced as “hue-guh”), is at the center of the new way to approach open plan living. Yes, it appears that open-plan living, long a mainstay of Australian and progressively European house configuration, has grown up and chosen to be somewhat less open arrangement.
Need to think about the most recent home design trend to hit Australia. Look no more further than the idea of “hygge”. One of the Oxford Dictionary’s expressions of 2016, this Danish thing is characterized as “a nature of cosiness and comfort that induces a sentiment satisfaction or well being”.
This architectural piece is called the Halo House because after nightfall, it’s ringed by a hover of light. Not only does it glow from the inside, but the outside walls are washed by light from overhanging beams.
It was designed specifically for this 3-acre site, roughly 50 feet back from the Huron River as it winds through Superior Township, north of Ypsilanti. It’s a stretch of river with few homes and slim water traffic, and abundant birds and wildlife.
During the day, the south and west sides of the house may remind you of the renowned Philip Johnson Glass House in Connecticut. It’s the way the wide landscape sweeps in through one glass divider and out the other side. The house is priced at $995,000.