A Dutch Tiny Home Is a Serene Lakeside Retreat
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A Dutch Tiny Home Is a Serene Lakeside Retreat

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By Anna Squier
Dark timber cladding gives way to airy interiors at this compact holiday home near the Lakes of Vinkeveen in the Netherlands.

i29 interior architects and architect Chris Collaris designed this minimal, compact home set on an island near the beautiful Lakes of Vinkeveen in the Dutch province of Utrecht. From the exterior, the home comprises small, sculptural pieces that look different from every angle. On the interior, smart interventions maximize space and functionality in a small footprint. 

The simple, timber-clad masses of Tiny Holiday Home delicately settle into the surrounding foliage. 

The simple, timber-clad masses of Tiny Holiday Home delicately settle into the surrounding foliage. 

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Set on an elongated island, the holiday home embraces the waterfront setting. 

Set on an elongated island, the holiday home embraces the waterfront setting. 

A simple boardwalk leads up to the timber-clad volume, which appears as a sculptural, black box upon entry. 

A simple boardwalk leads up to the timber-clad volume, which appears as a sculptural, black box upon entry. 

Oriented to maximize views and daylight, this eco-friendly home takes advantage of the lakeside setting and embraces the natural surroundings. All volumes have large windows or sliding doors which can be fully opened to blend with the outdoors. Panoramic sight lines provide a continual, visual connection to the surrounding vistas.

From a different perspective, the home appears more transparent and open to the water.

From a different perspective, the home appears more transparent and open to the water.

Large openings provide visual and physical connections to the natural setting. 

Large openings provide visual and physical connections to the natural setting. 

The outdoors are part of the cohesive design, embracing the vegetation, sites, and sunlight. 

The outdoors are part of the cohesive design, embracing the vegetation, sites, and sunlight. 

With a footprint of only 55 square meters (592 square feet), Tiny Holiday Home comes together as a single, sculptural composition that is unified and pure. 

Large sliding glass doors open the living room up to the outdoors, blurring the boundary between inside and outside. 

Large sliding glass doors open the living room up to the outdoors, blurring the boundary between inside and outside. 

The darkly stained exterior contrasts with the white, light-filled interiors. 

The darkly stained exterior contrasts with the white, light-filled interiors. 

Large sliding glass doors extend to the kitchen and dining area, creating outdoor cooking space when fully open. 

Large sliding glass doors extend to the kitchen and dining area, creating outdoor cooking space when fully open. 

An open-air shower is the perfect wash station after outdoor recreation at the lake.  

An open-air shower is the perfect wash station after outdoor recreation at the lake.  

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Rough, darkly stained pinewood wraps the exterior, punctured by large windows with concealed frames. Oak woodwork, concrete floors, and white walls extend the minimalist palette inward. With grand openings to the outside, brightly lit interiors spill outwards, embracing the land. 

Beautifully detailed built-ins store home necessities.  A wood-burning fireplace adds a rustic feel to this modern cabin.

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Natural and black painted oak cabinets provide plentiful storage in the galley kitchen. 

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Concrete floors pass from interior to exterior, further emphasizing the connection between the two.

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White walls and ceilings allow daylight to bounce and filter through the interior spaces. 

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Oak built-ins provide functional storage and separation between the adjoined bedrooms on the main floor. A large pocket door combines or separates the two sleeping quarters.

Oak built-ins provide functional storage and separation between the adjoined bedrooms on the main floor. A large pocket door combines or separates the two sleeping quarters.

A recess in the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry provides a small working space. 

A recess in the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry provides a small working space. 

The smart floor plan makes the most of every square foot. A living room, kitchen/dining room, patio, three bedrooms, one bathroom, and two toilets graciously fit within the home. Ceiling heights articulate the separation of private and public spaces. Custom furniture and built-ins further emphasize the sculptural, art-like quality of this simple, holiday home.

Tiny Holiday Home ground floor plan

Tiny Holiday Home ground floor plan

Tiny Holiday Home upper floor plan

Tiny Holiday Home upper floor plan

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Project Credits:

Architect of Record: i29 interior architects / @i29architects & Chris Collaris / @chriscollaris

Builder / General Contractor: Hagoort bouw bv

Structural Engineer: Vissers & Vissters B.V.

Landscape Design Company: De Zilverlinde & Frank Heiligers

Interior Design: i29 interior architects & Chris Collaris

Cabinet Maker: Simon Sintenie