LocationMiddelburg, The Netherlands
CollaboratorsXander Speelman, Bendewerk, Maen Productions
Text description provided by the architects. House in the Woods has a slick and industrial feel, while the shape of the building is traditional. The villa, built by Studio Nauta, consists of a living and a sleeping house, connected by an open corridor. Two former sheds that stood on the land, have been renovated and connected to the new building.
The low and fragmented form of the house aims to establish an intertwining of architecture and nature. The forest can grow between and beyond the built form and the dune surroundings are brought into the interiors. The outdoor corridor connecting the two buildings also delineates the courtyard; a sheltered exterior space with a tree in the concrete floor, forming the nucleus of the house. The large windows, which extend to the floor, generate a seamless relationship between inside and outside space. The openwork brickwork bond that exposes multiple moments to wind and light further reinforces this. The roof is treated with a matt reflective coating in order to absorb the ever-changing colours of the area as part of the house’s identity.
The clients (three brothers) wanted to build a house in which their families could stay in comfortably at the same time. The new house was to have a good degree of privacy with respect to the neighbouring house and the road. Spread over 10 bedrooms the house has 24 beds. All bedrooms have a unique view of the adjacent forest. In order to avoid guests getting lost in endless corridors a clear a structure was created in which a wide corridor with two open split-level stages connects the eight bedrooms.