Dutch architecture team submerges a compact holiday house in nature

Dutch architecture team submerges a compact holiday house in nature

A tiny holiday home for a family of four has been submerged into the lush green nature of Vinkeveen, a floating residential enclave of interconnected islands in the Netherlands. Designed by Amsterdam-based i29 interior architects in collaboration with architect Chris Collaris, the retreat is a miniature model that demonstrates how architecture and interiors can work together to create highly functional design with efficient use of space.

The architects folded up all the functions into a cube that explodes neatly into a footprint of just 55 sq m. Each minimal façade of the house looks geometrically different, yet boasts clean lines with invisible roof endings and seamless window frames detailed behind the wood façade. The large windows and sliding doors smoothly conceal into the architecture when fully opened and closed.

Tiny Holiday home interior

Photography: Ewout Huibers

They designed from the inside out, compactly arranging the spaces – living room, kitchen and dining room, outdoor patio, three bedrooms, one bathroom and two WC – to make use of every inch of space. While appearing simple, the design is very complex. Interior dimensions and ceiling heights communicate the different uses of the spaces, while sightlines connect the kitchen, living spaces and outdoor patios to create an impression of endless space in the tiny home.

Integrating architecture closely with interiors, the team designed custom furniture and integrated cabinets for the holiday home. A stripped back material palette of oak wood panels, left natural or stained black to combine with the rough pinewood façade, and a polished concrete floor complete the monochrome and minimal aesthetic.

Wide windows overlook landscaping across the elongated island plot near to the lake designed by De Zilverlinde and Frank Heiligers, while panoramas of the surrounding nature beyond further enhance the experience. §

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