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.
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.