The Dutch architects of Architectuurbureau Sluijmer en van Leeuwen designed this single family house in the middle of old farmland and woody countryside close to their home city Utrecht.
Here is what the architects say:
“The Beukenburg estate is currently owned by the Utrecht Landscape Foundation close to the city of Utrecht. Building in the middle of nature is not always easy. A huge creative effort was needed in order to make this design with all the utilities included in a place surrounded by 185 hectares of forests and agricultural land.
Architectuurbureau Sluijmer en van Leeuwen made an analyses focused on the buildingpotential of the plot. An old deteriorated farm was situated at an open location in the forest and made it possible to build a new building in the same volume. In Februari 2003 permission was given for the realisation of a house.”
“A great challenge was how to design a modern house in a monumental environment. The materials used for the architectural intervention are natural materials like wood and copper. The laminated wooden beams with glasstrips in between gives a natural transition between inside and outside. The copper roof creates a harder line between public area and garden. The shell shape is closed on the formal side of the house, but open and transparant on the informal side.”
“As a result of smart details, the walls, floors and roof are extremely thin. By lowering the surrounding ground level, it was possible to create a usefull basement with natural light. Although the volume of the building is compact, the interior is very spacious. The concept of a thin and light construction resulted in an explicit architecture which is very important for a special location as such.”