This beautiful holiday home on the Dutch island of Texel was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects to echo the traditional sheds that can be found across the island. Characterized by their gabled roofs, the schapenboeten, or sheds, are used to store hay and tools used for area farms. The modern home is clad in glass, giving its inhabitants a panoramic view of the bucolic landscape stretching out to the sea and sky.
Texel is the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands, and it’s populated largely by local fisherman and herds of sheep. The holiday home is a serene escape nestled into a lush area not far from the sea. The home harmonizes with landscape, with each floor and window framing a spectacular view. The kitchen and living area welcomes in a panoramic view of the island with floor-to-ceiling windows. The second floor boasts views of the sea and sand dunes, while the bedroom gives a surreal view into the sprawling sky. Each view gives the residents a unique feel for the land without leaving the house.
On the ground floor, the space is divided into the kitchen/living areas, bathroom and bedroom. Large glass walls extend the interior into the surrounding garden while eliminating the need for lighting during the day. Benthem Crouwel covered the exterior facade with colored fishing nets, giving the home a unique texture while paying tribute to the area’s history.