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Architect Chris Collaris
Submerged into the lush greenery of Vinkeveen, a residential enclave in the Netherlands is a tiny home for a family of four. While its location seemed remote, the house’s narrative is pleasantly welcoming, accessible and relatable to the modern psyche and winner of the ‘House of the Year’ Frame Awards 2019.
A small home big on space
Amsterdam-based i29 interior architects collaborated with architect Chris Collaris to design the holiday home to be spatially efficient while infusing the surrounding panorama into the design scheme.
At a compact 55 square metres, the architects ensured that the house is luxurious in space. Working from the inside out, the architects maximised on every inch of space allocating spaces for a living room, a kitchen/dining room, a patio, three bedrooms, one bathroom and two toilets.
By dividing the house into four volumes, the panoramic views and the invading sunlight become very specific. Each façade create a sculptural image, looking different from every angle. In order to intensify this sculptural quality, all facades have a minimal design with invisible roof endings and window frames detailed behind the wood facade.
All volumes have big windows or sliding doors which can be opened completely to fully merge the inside with the outside. Inside, the dimensions and ceiling heights of the different volumes clearly articulate the separate areas and functions in the house. Long sightlines crossing the outside patio provide a visual connection. By opening up large sliding doors of the patio the volumes of the kitchen and living are physically connected.
Custom furniture and integrated cabinets accentuate the graphical quality on the inside. The design team made use of simple materials like natural oak wooden panels -or stained black to combine with the rough pinewood facade- and a continuing polished concrete floor. They strived for a design strategy in which architecture and interior come together in a model combination.
Simple and smart interventions contribute to functional tiny home
Each volume has its own program. By linking interior components to the architecture and vice versa, the result is a high-quality project not dependent on expensive materials or technical show. In every detail, they aimed for the ultimate space-efficient solution. Every aspect of the design is approached to produce a pure and unified experience to leave a strong impression.
For the design team, ‘the bigger the better’ is not always a measure of quality projects. With simple yet smart interventions, this tiny home is of the highest standard and at the same time energy efficient, eco-friendly, and built with a small footprint.
In this sense it’s a model example of a tiny house; smart, comfortable but with no concessions to quality in both the interior and architectural design; small is beautiful.
Photography by Ewout Huibers