program: vacation home
area: 50 m2
design: allard architecture
The Stichtse Vecht summerhouse is located in the countryside of central Holland, in an area called Loosdrecht. It is considered a "kultuur landschap" or "cultural landscape", shaped by man-made lakes and bogs. The house takes advantage of its surroundings by providing viewpoints with strong visual axes. The primary visual axis looks through the North glazed façade to the lake below.
The house is clad in Swedish rabat wood, and topped with a thatched roof for both traditional and economical reasons. While the thatched roof relates back to traditional aesthetics, the flush windows and extensive glazing provides a modern twist.
The surrounding area is part of a large, protected nature zone, with rigid and extensive building regulations. This property lies in the natural preservation zone, which limits construction to 20% of the total area. While maintaining its strong historical and environmental context, this Indonesian-inspired vacation home aims to balance bold yet subtle material and design choices.