Glass-Walled Cottage with Retractable Wooden Panels

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Collaboratively designed by Zecc Architects and the interior designer Roel van Norel, Houten Tuinhuis is a cottage nearby the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The rural getaway home is built upon the foundation of the previous building, but takes a fresh direction from there. Natural and contemporary, the holiday home features a steel structure, a glass facade, and slatted wooden panels. The Western Red Cedar shutters can be retracted to let light fill the home or closed to enhance the sense of privacy. On one side of the tiny house, there is also a glazed window frame that helps bring in as much sunlight as possible. All of these modern natural lighting components are brought together under a traditional gabled roof with slate shingles.

Inside, the small space is open except for the bathroom. Nevertheless, there are sliding partitions that allow the residents to draw a line between the bedroom and dining room, for instance, as desired. Each of these rooms is arranged along a service wall with built-in storage cabinets and fireplace. For additional storage, there is also an attic at the top of a tall ladder. Altogether, every corner of the home is usable and can be customized on the fly to suit the situation.

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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