zecc architecten tucks recreation house away in rural netherlands
zecc architecten tucks recreation house away in rural netherlands zecc architecten tucks recreation house away in rural netherlands
may 11, 2015

zecc architecten tucks recreation house away in rural netherlands

zecc architecten tucks timber recreation house away in rural netherlands
photography by stijnstijl
all images courtesy of zecc architecten




tucked away in the isolated wooded area north of utrecht in the netherlands, the architects at zecc and interior designer roel van norel together have created a compact cottage dwelling. providing a strong connection to its surroundings, the retreat is straightforward in design where the foundations from the previous structure have been re-used. archetypal in form, it is composed of an asymmetrical roof covered in stone slates. along with the exterior walls continuously clad in a western red cedar, one side of the cottage is closed, where as the other is equipped with movable shutters. during the evenings when privacy is required, the horizontal slats of the closed shutters uniformly blends with each other, adding a homogenous character to the building.

 archetypal in form, the roof is asymmetrical covered in grey slate




internally, each living area has been strategically arranged with the kitchen-cum-dining room on one end and a snug sleeping area at the rear, coupled with high ceilings the space appears a lot less confined. a feature wall made of oak has been cleverly integrated containing the stove, kitchen appliances, counters, storage and door to the bathroom. by taking advantage of all the available and in addition to the tranquil setting, the designers cultivate a restful ambience without compromising the harmony of the dutch rural landscape.

during the day the shutters are opened illuminating the space within with natural light

one side is equipped with movable shutters and during the evenings can be shut when privacy is required

the high ceilings allow a second level mezzanine to be added

one long room contains the bedroom, kitchen and dining

sliding panels are available to shut the bedroom off from the rest of the cottage

the structure blends well with its wooded surroundings


  • Nice design, like the oak wall. Not sure how “warm” the place feels in colder outdoor temperatures. Passive solar could be used by locating the cottage in the right position. A ceiling fan might help moving the heat around. A “Murphy” bed to use the space more effective. Every cottage needs a hammock, kids love it. Just some ideas. Like the simple strong feel though!

    Dave Jansen says:

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