Since the client’s site was located in a sensitive nature reserve, 2by4-architects were forced to abide by strict Dutch regulations that restricted the size and shape of the final design. To maximize the cabin’s tiny footprint, the architects creatively introduced customizable elements to the house such as the folding facade. One corner of the house can be completely opened to seamlessly expand the living space out onto the wooden dock and lake. The design of the house exudes a simple aesthetic so as not to detract from the surrounding environment.
The small cabin is fully equipped with a shower, toilet, kitchen, storage and living room that are all integrated into a double wall. Clad in blackened timber, the tiny house is oriented on an east-west axis so that sunlight passes directly through the glazed end walls at sunrise and at sunset. Due to popular international demand, 2by4-architects have even announced plans to develop a prefabricated version of the Island House, although further details are still pending.
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