Compiled by Zoya
Photography: Stijn Poelstra; courtesy the architect
In a rural area north of Utrecht in Netherlands is a compact recreation cottage that has been conceptualized and built majorly in wood.
The archetypal cottage is quite simple in design: a gable roof of stone slate, a fireplace, a chimney and a wood cladding of Western Red Cedar. However, it is the efficient use of space, unique details and high level of craftsmanship that makes the cottage far from ordinary.
Completed by a special collaboration between Dutch architecture studio Zecc and interior designer Roel van Norel, the cottage blends into the landscape seamlessly with the use of its natural materials; and although it has replaced an existing garden house, it has reused its foundation and exiting contours.
The refinement of its design lies in the asymmetrical head design, detailing and interior. The cottage is completely closed on one long side and partially transparent on a side adjacent to it. The other two sides of the cottage are made of glass - framed within a sturdy steel façade - opening up to a garden or acting as a doorway, respectively. The architects show great design expertise in adding movable window shutters that can be positioned at different angles to allow complete, partial or no natural light into the cottage.
Simple layout with the kitchen in front - its facilities integrated into an oak wall, so much so that the plinth of the kitchen has also been smartly designed as a drawer for maximum utilization of space; and the bedroom area at the rear of the house makes the cottage compact in spatial planning with a minimalist no-clutter approach.
A simple smart option that maximizes the panoramic landscape at will and offers a minimum-maintenance home-away-from-home.