Location: Amsterdam, NL
Size: 35 m2
Program: office / guesthouse
Structural design: cc-studio
Contractor: eb Ontwerp & Dave Keune Project team: Danny van Kessel, Peter Heideman, Gerald Lindner
Photos credits: John Lewis Marshall, copyrighted
Renderings: Malgorzata Mader
In the corner in which the volume is placed, there is much less sunlight due to the overhanging neighbouring trees. To get more light to that part of the garden a mirrored plane was used to reflect the light of the better illuminated section of the garden back.
The final measure taken was to make sure that the rebuilt volume would be part of the garden instead of part of the built environment. This was done by covering it with plants (sedum) on faceted angular surfaces to avoid the typical box shape associated to buildings and by hiding the windows from direct sight. This window orientation also gives the studio a sense of intimacy and privacy. So much so that it is not only used as an office space but incidentally doubles as a curtain-less guest room.