2by4 architects: docked recreational island house 2by4 architects: docked recreational island house
mar 01, 2013

2by4 architects: docked recreational island house

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



interior view


concept design



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  • Excellent! I am from the era of the A-frame. This is soooo much better. The ‘picture framing’ of the front and back adds unexpected luxury. I could do w/o the mechanical complexity of the folding side..

    Well done folks. Bravo.


    JimCan says:
  • Thump.Thumpthump! ThumpthumpTHUMPthumpTHUMP!
    That is the sound of birds knocking themselves out as they try to pass through the glass. I dunno why, but they don’t “get” glass.
    Nice-looking place, though.

    Danno says:
  • lovely

    dbkii says:

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