2by4 architects: docked recreational island house
north west view, fall
located on a small dock in the dutch lake area of ‘loosdrechtse plas’, rotterdam-based 2by4 architects have designed
a unique recreational house with a subtle frame that captures the view from both the inner and outer spatial fabric.
conceived in such a way that it can customize the interaction with the surrounding nature – one of the glass facades
can be completely opened so that the wooden outdoor terrace becomes part of the interior. the dark wooden facade
can be folded open, creating a panoramic view to nature – becoming an abstract perpendicular element that floats
above the water. by exposing the timber exterior, the wooden floor of the living area connects to the lake – enabling
the inhabitants to access the lagoon inside.
north west view, winter
the orientation of the building is based on the direction of the sunrise and sunset. in the morning, cold light shines on
the east elevation, illuminating the white interior. in the evening the warm light flows into the west facade, announcing
the end of the day. although the size of the cottage is limited, it contains needed amenities for comfort including a
shower, toilet, kitchen, closets, storage and other functions – integrated into a double wall. depending on specific needs,
the wall can be modified so that the spatial configuration changes, resulting into different atmospheres. the fireplace
that hangs from the ceiling also contributes to the changing of atmospheres because it can be rotated towards the
outdoor patio during summer evenings.
south east view
south west view
close up, south west, operable exterior wall
close up, south east, operable exterior wall
interior view, custom cabinet
interior view, hanging fireplace