Architects: Studio Brandvries
- Area : 125 m²
- Year : 2021
Photographs :JDVF architectuurfotografie
Manufacturers : Alblas Hout & Bouwmaterialen, Graphisoft Archicad
Lead Architects : Sander Brand, Yolande de Vries
- City : Oost-Vlieland
- Country : The Netherlands
Text description provided by the architects. On the small island of Vlieland, north of the Netherlands, STUDIO BRANDVRIES designed this very special holiday cottage in the woods. This 8-person rental house is part of the series “Forest Cabins Vlieland” for Camping Stortemelk. The campsite is located in the northern part of the island, on the border of forest and dunes. Eventually, a total of 50 cabins will be built. This house, type “Refuge”, is one of the four designs in the third phase of the project, of which Phase 1 was realized in 2017 and Phase 5 is planned for 2026.
In the design of the Forest Cabins, we look for a bold, expressive design language. Situated hidden between the trees, the introverted design of “Refuge” doesn’t show its true colors all at once. Approaching the house through a wooden walkway, visitors will be surprised when they open the big oak door and look straight into the central patio.
With all living spaces draped around this cozy outdoor space, the house turns inward. From the inside, you only catch a glimpse of the surrounding forest. At the same time, the open facades towards the patio and large skylights do provide lots of light inside. The characteristic of the design is the sequence of various outdoor spaces; from the enclosed patio to a covered veranda to the terrace on the back of the house that protrudes into the forest.
The house consists of a timber frame construction with stained larch wood facade cladding. The floors, roofs, and walls (including all window frames and glass) were completely prefabricated to minimize construction time on the island.
In the interior, the underlayment inner plate has been left mostly in sight, with only here and there planes of color in muted tones. On the second floor, custom-designed box beds make maximum use of the small spaces. With the large lounge, kitchen with bar, and cozy dining area, this is an ideal cottage to spend quality time with friends or family.