House in Almen is a sharp, three-sided design by the Dutch architect Barend Koolhaas. Built beside an existing property in the Netherlands, the country home is angled so that the glass wall and door face away, viewing a clearing rather than the neighbors. The non-glass sides are clad in locally sourced Douglas fir and weatherproofed with a black finish, and the roof is gabled and topped with corrugated steel in a matching shade. Although otherwise opaque, the wood-clad sections of the home feature skylights and small windows that bring sunlight into the home and overlook the entryway patio. The glazed side likewise welcomes natural lighting into the interior, the common areas in particular. The open plan kitchen, dining room, and den are arranged along the transparent wall so they are well-lit and have unrivaled views of the yard, farmland, and forest.

Photography by Jeroen Musch

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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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