The owners of this cottage in the Netherlands have chosen to open almost the entire house.
A cottage often occupies a double role; It will bring you in close contact with nature, but it will also shield you. This duality is solved in different ways. Some choose a traditional, closed structure, but with easy access to the surroundings. Others let nature come into the bedroom, only separated by large windows.
The owners of this cottage in Holland have chosen to open almost the entire house. Only the back and one short side are closed. The rest is characterized by large windows, which in the evening can be covered with limbs pushed back and forth.
Light as forming element
But even with the limbs pushed forward it is possible to sense life on the inside. The shutters are built of barges that are fitted with slots in between. So when the evening goes on and the light slips out through the openings, a clear impression is created of the rectangular shape of the house. And this is enhanced by recessed lights mounted underneath the embankment.
Lighting is in the very important details of the architectural approach to the project. Instead of letting it be a passive element in the construction, the lighting is made into a forming part of the architecture. Something that has also been fully aware of by the interior designer.
– We designed the house’s basic concept, while the interior designer continued the project and designed it to the smallest detail with the contractor, “says Marnix van der Meer in the architectural firm Zecc Architecten BV. Interior designer in the project has been Roel van Norel.
New house on an old foundation
Originally there was an older building where the cottage is now standing. However, the foundation of the older house was restored and used again. Thus the groundwork for the new house was given, and from there an almost archetypal cabin was built, simple in its form and with a slate of slate.
You’ll be surprised at how the inside looks
– I feel that the cottage is sneaking into the surroundings with its use of natural materials, says Van der Meer, highlighting how the close collaboration between architects and craftsmen created a building that has been carried out to the smallest nail.
The construction itself consists of four studs on each side of the roof that carries the roof, and between each stand the large glass surfaces are attached. With simple handles, the knobs can be pushed from or on. When the limbs are pushed away, they are perpendicular to the window surfaces.
Less than 20 sqm and consisting of 29 parts
The back of the cabin is dressed in the same shifter used on the roof.
Basically, the cabin is completely open inside, but with a sliding wall, the bedroom can easily be shielded from the living area.
In the bedroom there is a double bed, but with the loft that is built over the bed there is room for more overnight guests.
Interior in Oak
All of the technical installations are built into a wall of oak that runs along the entire closed longitudinal wall. Here you will find a bathroom, a toilet, a kitchen and a fireplace. This creates a compact and unique interior design and helps to emphasize the cab’s stringent shape and appearance.
All cabinets are also integrated in the same wall, and even the shelf in the kitchen cabinet is built as a drawer. The architects and craftsmen have been very conscious of exploiting space.
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