We love the organic and contemporary combination that defines this seafront house and studio in North Holland, designed by and for Netherlands architects Jetty and Maarten Min. Bergen based are the creative brains behind the three-storey Dune House, shaped like its natural namesake with a high curved roof and smooth silhouette. Located near a road, this vertical house is virtually invisible thanks to the hilly landscape and tall trees that surround it. But what we really love about this house, is its farmhouse cottage style, which makes it warm and welcoming despite its contemporary edge.
The dune crest shape, clay tiled walls and unfinished wood details echo the landscape, making this a natural addition to its rustic setting. A huge glass facade welcomes sunlight and sea side scenery in.
“These tiles give the impression of pot lid shelves, but ones which are much more low maintenance. The brown/purple appearance of the British clay with its rough finish has to visually match the bark of the surrounding firs. Thanks to all these characteristics, the building perfectly fits into its surrounding environment,” explain the architects. “This developing process took one and a half year. It has also been helped by the excellent cooperation of the professionals of Petersen. The roof tile, now called ‘Athene Noctua’ (in German: Steinkauz), has now been included in the collection of Petersen.”
Inside, the studio space is situated conveniently on the lower level, housing a work space, a conference room and a library.
A rustic style poplar staircase leads up to the living areas, and another continues up to the bedroom area.
Don’t try to deny it, you’ve dreamed of this combination while chained to a desk at work – a desk and bed combo! Interiors were inspired by not only surrounding nature, but by local architecture as well – namely, the farmhouses north of Holland.
Living areas are privately tucked in the two-storey upper level loft, maximizing the view. Douglas fir columns run from floor to roof, giving the white living areas a bold, vertical focal point.
The rustic style bathroom puts the bathtub right by the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glazing with nature just on the other side.
Up the stairs, the glass enclosed stairwell becomes a mini art gallery, with thoughtfully selected pieces suspended in mid-air.
Overhead, exposed wood joists arch their way across the vaulted ceiling.
An unexpected slope at the back of the home puts the roof at a tilt.
It’s a traditional inspired home with a modern edge!
photo credits: Sjaak Henselmans, Erik Boschman, Liesbeth van der Wal