cc-studio builds hidden cabin into the netherlands noorderpark
all images © john lewis marshall




when designing the cabin sited in the 5.900-acre noorderpark in the netherlands, cc-studio wanted to provide a warm and dry escape for the volunteers that work there. the new 35 square meter dwelling replaces a 1966 cottage that was used for shelter and storage, and was built without a permit as it kept a similar size and function. hidden in the forest and covered by lush foliage, the volume has been shaped so that it reveals its presence only at the very last moment when approaching it. two large sliding doors open up the entire corner of the building, blending the interior with the surrounding open space, a little green meadow.

cc studio cabin
exposure is controllable by moving the sliding doors




with neither running water nor electricity, local firewood is used to fuel the kitchen and fireplace. a sculptural hearth acts as the heart of it, with a program that includes a storage room, washroom, and eating space. the fireplace also supports a folding aluminum-clad roof structure, which creates a protective yet open canopy that blends into the surrounding flora. the architecture of the cabin complements the pastoral elegance of the park, that you can almost picture henry david thoreau writing walden here.

cc studio cabin
a view inside the cabin

cc studio cabin
the fire place is shaped as a structural concrete tree

cc studio cabin
all doors move independently

cc studio cabin
the volume has been shaped so that it reveal its presence only at the very last moment

cc studio cabin
opening up the corner of the cabin blurs the border between inside and outside

cc studio cabin
the cabin becomes an extension of the green surroundings



project info:


client: private
program: (temporary) housing
design: cc-studio
engineering and structural design: cc-studio
contractor: van zoelen bv
photography: john lewis marshall
gross floor area: 42m2
volume: 150m3
height (max): 3.5m



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom