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Chris Collaris and i29 built this tiny holiday home to adapt living spaces to all panoramas in nature
Netherlands Architecture News - May 24, 2019 - 05:25 7542 views
Architect Chris Collaris and i29 interior architects have completed a tiny holiday home in the middle of the nature at the Vinkeveense, Netherlands. Called Tiny Holiday Home, the house sits on a 55-square-metre area with minimum footprint and all windows of the house are designed to grasp the beautiful views of the nature. It can be said that the house is completely nature-oriented holiday home.
This compact home is built for a family of four, including a living room, a kitchen/dining room, a patio, three bedrooms, one bathroom and two toilets. The layout is developed from the inside-out, the smart arrangement of functions make use of every cm2.
Situated on an elongated island plot close to the lake, the positioning of the building volume is related to the views on the surrounding water and the orientation on the sun.
By dividing the volume into four parts, the panoramic views and the invading sunlight become very specific. On the outside the diversity in size and the interconnected positioning create a sculptural image, looking different from every angle.
In order to intensify this sculptural quality, all facades have a minimal design with invisible roof endings and window frames detailed behind the wood facade. All volumes have big windows or sliding doors which can be opened completely to fully merge the inside with the outside.
On the inside, the dimensions and ceiling heights of the different volumes clearly articulate the separate areas and functions in the house. Long sightlines crossing the outside patio provide a visual connection. By opening up large sliding doors of the patio the volumes of the kitchen and living are physically connected.
The architects used custom furniture and integrated cabinets accentuating the graphical quality on the inside. The design team made use of simple materials like natural oak wooden panels - or stained black to combine with the rough pinewood facade- and a continuing polished concrete floor.
"Every aspect of the design is approached to produce a pure and unified experience to leave a strong impression. Making quality projects is, in their opinion, not always "the bigger the better," said the architects.
"With simple yet smart interventions, this project is of the highest standard and at the same time energy efficient, eco-friendly, and built with a small footprint."
"In this sense it’s a model example of a tiny house; smart, comfortable but with no concessions to quality in both the interior and architectural design; small is beautiful," they added.
The architects strived for a design strategy in which architecture and interior come together in a model combination. Each volume has its own program.
By linking interior components to the architecture and vice versa, the result is a high-quality project not dependent on expensive materials or technical show. In every detail, they aimed for the ultimate space-efficient solution.
Design: i29 interior architects & Chris Collaris
Floor area: 75m2
Location: Vinkeveen, Netherlands
Construction architecture: Hagoort bouw B.V.
Construction interiors: Simon Sintenie
Structural engineer: Vissers & Vissers B.V.
Landscape design: De Zilverlinde & Frank Heiligers
Landscape and Nautical construction: Marcel Zaal
All images © Ewout Huibers