In one of the broadest forest dune landscapes of the Netherlands, architect Jan Rietveld created a double-storey interpretation of his acclaimed series of summer houses in 1963. Tucked away between the lush pine trees and set atop a sandy dune rim, the original summer house is optimally oriented to the southwest, towards a broad playful wildflower meadow.
As part of the project, the use of coloured elements of the carefully detailed yellow brick building was reverted to its original composition of black and white boundaries.
An unobtrusive annex was designed as a free standing simple, flexible square footprint pavilion, only connected to the main building by a transparent glass corridor. Respecting the warm tint of the historic masonry, a complementing contemporary ceramic tile was chosen to let the extension blend in to the composition. The annex building is oriented towards a previously neglected part of the garden which results in an even more harmonious integration of architecture and nature.
H.P. Doornebal, Amsterdam
Aannemingsbedrijf West Friesland, Zwaagdijk
Jannes Linders, Rotterdam
Design lead and responsible partner: M. Wassmann, project Benthem Crouwel Architects