Recreation House in Utrecht

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Recreation House in Utrecht

Dutch Contemporary Home: Wooden Residence with Shutters – design by Zecc Architecten

8 Nov 2016

Recreation House Utrecht

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Design: Zecc Architecten

Recreation House in Utrecht
photograph : Stijn Poelstra

In the rural area north of Utrecht a compact recreation house has been realized. The house is constructed in wood and opens its façade with window shutters towards the green garden. The design has been realized by a special collaboration between Zecc and interior designer Roel van Norel. Zecc designed the basic concept of the house and then Roel van Norel has developed the plan all the way into the smallest detail and has built the house together with the contractor.

Recreation House in Utrecht

Recreation House in Utrecht
photos : Stijn Poelstra

The house has replaced an existing garden house, which foundation is reused and its existing contours were the starting point of the new house. The archetypal cottage is simple: a gable roof of stone slate, a chimney and a wood cladding of Western Red Cedar.

Recreation House in Utrecht Recreation House in Utrecht
photo : Stijn Poelstra

The cottage blends into the landscape seamlessly by the natural use of the materials. The architectural drafting, interior design and its realization were in one hand. This has resulted in an unprecedented high level of craftsmanship.

Recreation House in Utrecht
photo : Stijn Poelstra

The refinement of this cottage is in the asymmetrical head design, detailing and interior. The house is completely closed on one side by putting the slates vertical on the façade. The other side opens up to the green and is equipped with movable window shutters. That way the sunlight and view can be directed.

Recreation House in Utrecht
photo : Stijn Poelstra

The horizontal slats of the shutters continue into the cladding of the cottage so that when the shutters are closed the house gets a closed character. The front is completely transparent and has a sturdy/rough steel facade. This part focuses on the open part of the landscape.

Recreation House in Utrecht

Recreation House in Utrecht
photos : Stijn Poelstra

The structure consists of four girders with a rafter. The frame of the fully glazed west façade is detailed out of sight by placing it in the zone of the rafters.

Recreation House in Utrecht Recreation House in Utrecht
photos : Stijn Poelstra

The front section is used as a kitchen / living / dining room and in the rear area the sleeping room is placed. The space can be separated by sliding panels. Above the sleeping area is a small entresol is made.

Recreation House Utrecht

Recreation House Utrecht
photos : Roel van Norel
On the ling side of the closed façade all facilities are integrated into a wall of oak: the kitchen, wood stove, a toilet, shower, sink and several cabinets. Even the plinth of the kitchen is designed as a drawer … every square inch of the house is used and thought out.

Recreation House Utrecht
photo: Roel van Norel

Recreation House in Utrecht – Building Information

Titel: Recreation house in the surrounding of Utrecht
Aannemer: Casco: Bert Oostenbruggen, Finishing and interior: Roel van Norel
Periode: 2013-14
Samenwerking: Elaboration of concept design and interior: Roel van Norel
Photography: Roel van Norel

Recreation House Utrecht
photo: Roel van Norel

Recreation House in Utrecht images / information from Zecc Architecten


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Website: Zecc Architecten

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