Located on the Dutch island of Texel in the Netherlands, this small holiday home is found just a short walk to the North Sea. Rotterdam-based Orange Architects decided to take a different approach to the villa’s design in order to save space with the use of prefabrication and flexible design.

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Instead of building separate rooms for different purposes that are divided by walls like a traditional home, the designers incorporated prefab, multifunctional spaces with the ability to divide and transform them according to different functionalities.

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wood-framed glass door

Orange Architects recognized that holiday homes are more likely to have different purposes when compared to everyday homes. For example, people tend to spend more time together in communal areas by day and only use private spaces at night. As a result, these private spaces, like bedrooms, often go unused for a large portion of a vacation stay. In an effort to keep a compact volume while still maximizing space, the architects designed the rooms to accommodate at least two functions each, transforming into one fluid, open space during the day.

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Although the holiday home acts as one continual space during the day, at night, residents can separate different sections by either closing the wooden panels in the hall or turning them 90 degrees. There is also a hidden shower and sink to create an en suite bathroom.

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black wood home in a forest

To minimize construction waste, the walls and roof were prefabricated at the contractor’s workshop before being transported to the island. The structure itself is composed of a black wooden shell contrasted by warm wood tones inside. Floor-to-ceiling windows to the south extend the main living room onto a covered terrace and adjacent garden, while several skylights on the upper floor bring in more natural light. The home is also fitted with sloping rooftop solar panels and a rainwater drainage system for irrigation.

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Photography by Sebastian van Damme via Orange Architects