When DP6 Architectuurstudio was asked to replace a pitched roof home with a sustainable structure that better connects with the site's natural surroundings, they met the challenge in spades. The architects' "little black box" home is framed in dark larch cladding, and, despite its sophisticated modern form, sits unassumingly within its beautiful waterfront setting.
Located on a picturesque wooded site overlooking a river in the northern Dutch province of Friesland, the Makkinga House takes optimal advantage of its exquisite setting. Quite unique in the area, the home’s rectangular form with large triple-glazed facades on the south and west provides incredible views of the surrounding trees and river.
“The house is very different to the regular houses in the neighbourhood, which are mostly made of stone, and have small windows and a pitched roof,” said architect Richelle de Jong in an interview with Dezeen. “We tried to make a house that’s more than that, fitting in with the landscape like a little black box.”
The house, although minimal in form, has an abundance of both style and efficiency. The south and west facades are completely open to allow for incredible views, smaller windows were installed on the the north and east sides ensure privacy and minimize heat loss.
The 120-square-meter house has an open layout to maximize the interior space. The living space and bedrooms were configured around the large kitchen, which serves as the central core. A cubed-shaped terrace stretches across the west side and opens into the exterior with a wide overhang, strategically providing shade in the summertime and direct sunlight on the interior in the autumn and winter – when the sun is lower.
The architects were able to use the terrace and many other features to fulfill the sustainability demands of the residents, “The project involved consistent collaboration with the owners to create a house like a fitted coat, appropriate to their precise needs,” said de Jong.
She added, “The optimised orientation, combined with triple glazing, a well-insulated building shell and draught-proof details, has created a highly energy-efficient and comfortable house.”
Photography by Michel Kievits