Kortknie Stuhlmacher Architecten of Rotterdam collaborated with artists BikvanderPol to design House No. 19, a mobile artists studio built as part of a municipal art program in Utrecht. Made entirely from solid laminated sheets of European softwood, the sturdy, but heavy, structure can be lifted and moved in one piece. The installation was built in 2003 to house international artists who were invited to stay and work in Leidsche Rijn, a city extension of Utrecht.
Built for practicality and durability rather than ease of mobility and aesthetics, House No. 19’s rectangular volume is painted black to recede into the background. The wood-clad interior can be subdivided into a variety of spaces such as a hotel room, art studio, and meeting place. Skylights and large drawbridge doors open up to the landscape to let in natural light.
The timber-and-steel structure was constructed on site in the span of just a few days. The wood panels are covered with thermal insulation and a laminated timber rain screen. Artists can also expand the footprint of the structure by opening up the large shutter-like doors and turning them into outdoor terraces.
Images via Kortknie Stuhlmacher Architecten